As a multifunctional furniture, POD is a bench that transforms into a lifeboat when flood comes. When you live in an area prone to floods, having POD furniture in your house would become very handy, it can be a transportation during the flooding period.
Through interviewing flood victims and some NGO, Kin Pan Lo, the designer of POD, realizes that the lack of crisis awareness has become the main point to severe loss of human life. There’s an urgent need to design and develop a product that can be useful in daily life with lifesaving added value. Since bench has become a common furniture in many houses in different countries, Kin Pan Lo has taken this form of object as inspiration for POD project.
POD Multifunctional Lifesaving Furniture by Kin Pan Lo uses Origami method to transform its shape from a simple bench to a lifesaving boat. Designed for low-income area people who face flooding and super storm issues more frequently, POD uses lightweight, low cost, and durable materials. Thanks to its foldable feature, POD can dramatically reduce its volume and lower the cost of transportation as well as inventory. This bench/boat is also designed with a storing space where you can keep life jacket and first aid kit.