Student Furniture Design as Behavioral and Local Business Resources
Student life is unique as they begin to have more freedom than children in seeking various kinds of needs for living. This study analyzes how students live and work in relation to the need for room furniture, and how small local furniture traders face problems in response to that need. From interviews, questionnaires involving 123 students and the use of descriptive statistic and Chi-square test, it was found that male and female students prefer furniture that is affordable, simple, natural, multifunction and durable, besides light, practical and flexible. A new model was proposed to solve the traders’ business problem.
Keywords: Living behavior; student room; student furniture; small business
eISSN 2514-751X © 2018. The Authors. Published for AMER ABRA cE-Bs by e-International Publishing House, Ltd., UK. This is an open-access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/). Peer–review under responsibility of AMER (Association of Malaysian Environment-Behaviour Researchers), ABRA (Association of Behavioural Researchers on Asians) and cE-Bs (Centre for Environment-Behaviour Studies), Faculty of Architecture, Planning & Surveying, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia.