Under Production, 2019
Invited and Presented at:
"Outstanding Performance Award" Aoyama Design Forum"Six Alternative Approaches to seating from Object Rotterdam"
Like most small-scale producers, earning a living is a challenge. I decided to design a production method that would leave more room for financial prosperity.
During my internship I was surrounded by companies operating with small scale production methods. I realized that the challenge of a self-employed designer is not only to come up with new designs, but to realize a profit while doing so. This problem led me to formulate my research question: “To which extent is the efficiency of large-scale production beneficial to the small-scale producer in order to create something new?”. I researched the production methods of companies that operate on a large scale (mass production) to see if there were key aspects I could adopt and adapt, to design a new, more economic, production method.
Focusing on IKEA for its recognizability and their unique way of producing, I found that there were two aspects within their production method I could adopt. The first one being the price IKEA sells their products at, it is often cheaper than the material it is made of. The second aspect is their mentality of using as few materials, connection and hours as possible.
Sourcing materials from IKEA’s sales corner (‘Koopjeshoek’) I designed a production method which creates a fast product resulting in lower production costs and creating a unique aesthetic, high quality products, and individuality.All products are built from the BACKABY couch of IKEA and wood which was, and is always, on sale. The variation in wood color and finishes creates an infinite amount possibilities.
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'Analogue' is a project that attempts putting value back into memories. Using analogue cameras to capture important moments every picture on the roll matters, this way we become more aware of our surroundings.
Putting value back into your direct surroundings and memories at the same time.
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Upperware is a set of tableware casted from tupperware. The idea behind this set is to develop a reflection on how the choice of a specific material over others, can affect the same object. The decision of using tupperwares as the subject of this project is due to their basic and plain nature, devoted to an everyday use.
Upperware shows how the choice of a material can drastically improve the perception of an object. By using a high-level material like porcelain, the same forms as before are no longer synonym of everyday objects, but rather of something luxurious and lively.
The concept was then elevated one step further with the name choice, which represents the effort of “upping’’ a boring experience with such a common-use object as a tupperware is.
Instead of trying to elevate the tableware with fine food, the scope here is to see if it is possible elevate cheap food with the tableware itself.
Upperware, up your daily dining.
Project Flush, 2018
Project Flush is a collaboration between MOSA - an internationally well-known tiles manufacturer -, the Wyck district in the city of Maastricht, Netherlands, and students from the Maastricht Academy of Fine Art and Design. The project was set up by MOSA, with the intent to publicize its tiles by using them in locations such as hotels, restaurants and museums.
The project involves students from the Art Academy, whose task was to redesign the toilet services spaces.
Together with a colleague student, I decided to tackle a cafeteria called Coffee Lovers, which, as the name suggest, revolves around coffee.
The link with coffee stated above was decided to have a particular influence in the choice of the tiles. It soon became clear that the spaces to work with were rather small and -in the case of the women’s toilet- also quite narrow, an aspect that affected any further decision.
In the end the design included two types of tiles and in particular, the so called ‘’Terra Maestricht’’ for the walls, which were tiled in a way that helped to create an optical illusion. Starting with big tiles on the bottom, they suddenly became smaller and smaller while going up, but always maintaining the same width.
The other tile used was ‘’Scenes’’, in three different colors of brown, inspired on coffee, to make the floor seem more lively in contrast with the wide white tiles on the walls.