How do you design the best machine in the world?
By meeting the expectations of creative people with the best from two worlds - technology and handcraft - in a highly advanced piece of machinery from a brand with a strongly rooted heritage.
Using the PFAFF heritage and brand values as a springboard, while thoroughly analyzing trends within craft-designing solutions that are focused on user needs and behaviors.
Extremely well-received PFAFF creative icon is the most expensive and advanced sewing machine in the world and it is selling like hot cakes.
“With high competence and knowledge of global trends Zenit has added a new perspective to our brand and helped modernize our product design. The work was done with great respect for our more than 150-year-old brand and our cooperation has been very successful - as testified by several design awards"
-RASMUS STENBÄCKEN, VICE PRESIDENT GLOBAL BRAND MANAGEMENT - SVP WORLDWIDE
HOW WE WENT ABOUT IT
Zenit Design was approached to be PFAFF’s strategic design partner in turning their brand vision into reality.
We are proud of our ongoing collaboration and their market success.
Knowing PFAFF well from several years of close collaboration, Zenit understands the importance of the individualistic and graceful, yet strong and precise aesthetics associated with the PFAFF brand. The devil is in the details both for the crafty user and the sewing machine brand.
Before beginning to sketch on a new machine, we always start with an image board that describes the vision for the product. This is a tool used to reach “visual consensus” for the stakeholders in the project. It expresses important values, materials and shapes that we use as an inspirational foundation for the creative work.
Knowing your users and their needs, their dreams and desires, is key to create designs that will be well introduced in the market. Our user insights dig deep into the “hows” and “whys” around the usage and user for each of the products in the PFAFF portfolio, as they are all different.
CREATIVE ICON -
A BEST IN CLASS MONSTER
PFAFF's creative icon targets users who really enjoy handcrafting and at the same time feel the upside of technology in their hearts. To be able to take a picture with their camera, upload it and use it in their designs is part of their creative freedom. PFAFF's creative icon helps them to do just that. A super-modern connected product for people who really enjoy working with handcraft.
PASSPORT 2.0 - THE BRING-ALONG
PFAFF observed that its customers were showing an increased interest in a sewing machine that is easy to bring along to sewing classes, on holiday or when meeting friends for a sewing evening. They decided to develop a sewing machine that is lightweight, high quality, attractive and one that offers a full range of popular features.
It should also lay the foundation for future product development
THE DEVIL IS NOT ONLY IN THE DETAIL
The concept of 360-design has been a true success factor. Caring for the small details and seeing all sides of the machines as potential fronts, having elegancy as a part of every view is not just a design element - it is a sales argument.
Another innovative expression is Imaginary Room. This involves creating a fictive space between the user and the machine. On PFAFF's passport 2.0 the curved white back embraces the space and contrasts with a black front area to emphasize the creative interplay between the sewing enthusiast and the sewing machine. PFAFF's creative icon has the same feeling of connection between the machine and the user - a feeling of a personal bond. It is just you and the machine.
SIX YEARS AND COUNTING
WANT TO KNOW MORE?
Mårten was in charge of this project, and knows a lot about sewing machines.
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PFAFF and Zenit have worked closely since 2011, bringing a number of machines to market. A part of this collaboration is The Design Manifest - a foundation when designing new products for PFAFF. The intention was to take the PFAFF-design to a higher level by carefully handling the minimalistic but bold heritage and add a 360° design approach.
Together with the PFAFF team we also made a new Product Guideline. This is a document where we describe how to handle and differentiate products according to colors, materials, logo placement. This is an example from this guideline, showing the color on the high level machines (i.e. creative icon).
The sales foresights have been met many times over on the passport 2.0, which was launched in 2013 and the response from the market has been extremely positive. The product won a Red Dot Design Award and continues to be a commercial success for PFAFF. The launch and sales start of the creative icon have been exceptional. We are truly happy for our client’s success!