"Fraction of Time", designed by design studio YSD, is a clock made from marble that can be cut from a square slab of marble, or any waste marble slabs that are discarded. Matter of Stuff (MOS), the clients, wanted a solution to reuse waste marble and make a tableware product or series of products. In Gramolazzo, Italy, we visited a marble quarry to see first hand the huge operation that happens to extract marble out of a mountain. It was there where we got our inspiration - the marble cutting belt. its shape gave the inspiration to create the form. The concept of making a time piece stemmed from the simple fact of long marble takes to be formed in the ground. Its a reminder of how long marble takes to form. The clocks are a set of four that you can use at home, one clock for a different room, or at hotel where its necessary to have on display the various time zones around the world, or you can just have one clock to display time.
Collaborative design under the name YSD: - David Goncalves Rivera - Smriti Jain - Jailu Yuan
Lounge Chair Model 4 is a furniture piece designed in conjunction with the Humanist Design Manifesto. Model 4 is designed to meet the guidelines stipulated by the manifesto. The main aim of the chair is to be as comfortable as possible for the user both physically and emotionally. The use of curved wood gives a sense of warmth and an organic form that you associate with nature, which you cannot get from metal or plastic.
The Humanist Design Manifesto
The Humanist Design Manifesto is an alternative way of designing for the modern day. The aim is to make design more responsible, more thought out, more social, and more emotionally engaged as well as physically engaging. We live in an age where design is getting out of hand, electronics are getting more advanced at an exponential rate, forcing designers to churn out products and making their previous products obsolete. Architects build endless glass skyscrapers that look impress but in reality they are built with empty values; no real sense of purpose other than to fill out the skyline. Inspiration has come from Finnish architect and designer Alvar Aalto who was regarded as modernist humanist, creating buildings and furniture with purpose; to engage its user physically and emotionally. Lounge Chair Model 4 was made in conjuction with the manifesto as a way of answering the criteria laid out in the manifesto.
Online copies will be available very soon
"If the bee disappears from the surface of the earth, man would have no more than four years to live" - unfortunately it's true and the decline of bees is at an alarming rate, the future does not look good. The Bee Brick is a design that can be placed in a wall or anywhere in the garden where you want to encourage pollinators. The Bee Brick is there to help mason bees, solitary bees that do not belong to a colony, which means they have no hive or honey stores to protect and will not sting. Great asset for gardeners, and a great way to help the bee population thrive.
A community project based on the area of Camberwell. The aim was to use unwanted, thrown out, materials and reuse these materials to create something new to give back to the community. The 3 Benches were called Brunswick, Lyndhurst, and Wilson; street names from where I collected scrap material the local community had thrown away. These benches would tessellate to make a long chain of different coloured chairs. Its a representation of the area of Camberwell; various different communities and cultures all packed in one big community.
Experiments in Plastic
Plastic experiments, it is exactly what the title says it it. Using acrylic sheets I used various forms of heating methods to see the effects and forms these plastic would make. From the experiment I found using acrylic sheet is a good alternative to glass as you can make a form that looks like glass but its more durable and impact resistant than glass. There is potential in this work for further exploration such as making bowls for various uses like fruit or a key trey, and glasses made of various colours that resemble sweet wrappers.
The featherweight Caracol, meaning snail in spanish, stand is made from just a sheet of plywood that has been submerged and boiled in water until the material becomes malleable, then it’s a race against time to get the plywood sheet into its mould before the sheet cools down and stiffens again. It’s snail like form can hold a mobile device or small tablet you decide to place in its cradle, whether it’s for work, to catch up on last weeks TV, or just a resting place for your device.
This one off piece was born out of an exercise inspired by Martino Gampar's "100 chair in 100 days". The exercise was simple; strip all the pieces of furniture down, lay them out, and trade your pieces for someone else's pieces. This 2 week project resulted in a sturdy bar made from scrap timber from a skip and a metal plate used to hold the backrest.
A one off piece for Pop musician Julz West. The logo was designed to reflect his personality and musical style - his signature. Using the colours aquamarine blue, sunburst yellow, and the imagery of an island palm tree it reflects his Caribbean roots and influences that makes his style unique. The little diamond in the logo is a play-on-word image of his name Julz West.