This design is a single and double seater sofa which gives users flexibility and control over their interaction with others. This furniture adapts to the user and reflects the kind of interaction they are up for. Through its design, the furniture exaggerates subtle body language indicators which are often missed and go unnoticed by people. Therefore it communicates to others, whether the person seated, is open to interaction or not.
By giving people an option to sit by themselves or with another, it is conveyed that sitting alone can be a choice and shouldn’t be rejected. This shall break the social stigma attached with being alone or sitting alone- which is generally linked to introverts. Also, since there is the possibility of a switch from a single seater to a double seater- by the same user, it also communicates that a person might have one dominant personality type at one moment and might have the temperament of the other extreme at another.
It is inclusive for all personalities as it can accommodate users who are interested or uninterested in interaction; simultaneously allowing a switch. The interaction in one on one, which makes it comfortable for the less extroverted. And for the other end of the spectrum, the more extroverted have the provision to interact.
Also, since the design facilitates side by side seating, this creates a cooperative spirit and is ideal for collaboration. In order to communicate such a message, what better place to start other than a school. When a child hits puberty (which is around the seventh/ eighth grade), their individual personalities become more prominent and play a huge part in how they behave. Issues of bullying, peer pressure and many other social issues can have drastic, life changing effects on them.
By communicating the importance and acceptance of all personality types, we can give users confidence, make them sensitive and aware, and allow them to be comfortable with their personalities. Considering the present day scenario of schools, this design would fit into a space that gives the student flexibility and choice of their interaction. Therefore it would be ideal for spaces like libraries and home rooms/common rooms.