As I have not yet made and tested my prototype yet, this is what the critics said:
-The majority of people were unsure about how durable and strong the structure is.
-They wish the wood color / texture would resemble traditional Chinese furniture.
-Reference the traditional Chinese furniture joinery for strength/stability.
-Make the prototype immediately to find out about any problems that may arise.
-Don’t design without knowing how the structure is assembled.
-Rethink the proportion of the chair to suit modern consumers.
-Research the standard price and size of ikea furniture and other popular furniture brands.
-Include more design possibilities for consumers so they can further customize the furniture at home, e.g. add or take out components.
-A critic said my system idea is very western- Is that what the Chinese people need?
-Other methods (aside from wood stain and plastic laminate) for placing color on the furniture
-Improve the comfort of the chair by finding a balance between the system and the end product- the system should be as good as the product.
-Corn based lamination -> to be researched
-Rethink some of my design options- make a connection between the modern and traditional style?
-Make the design options unified so it reads like one brand.
My next step is to build my prototype ASAP and complete all the above mentioned suggestions.
Happy Spring Break!!