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"Form-lab Project" Project

SI Module or total table design

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

SI Module is the portable platform for Applied Arts and Autonomous Design, initiated by Sandberg Institute Applied Arts department.
On a special table a system of modules will be build. The sizes of these modules are variable, depending on the size of works exhibited.
SI Module, was part of Object Rotterdam

three more links inspired by the design fair: Object Rotterdam
1•Odd Designs on Film, 2•Richard Hutten "playing with tradition", 3•Total Table design
The Object Rotterdam excursion was part of the Basic Year "form-lab" workshop

Scale 1:15

Monday, March 15, 2010

HUDSON MUSEUM is part of the April 1st BasicYear Design Trip
more on the Hudson Museum


Monday, March 15, 2010

There is a period in everybody’s life where one is still unable to speak. It’s the time, your very early childhood, before you ‘re taught a language. In that period, you look at every object as what it is, not at the function or the meaning it might have. That is a way of looking at things I really like. Later when you’re encouraged to speak, you loose your ability to look at things ‘as they are’, because you start giving names to things. You start naming things and thus start categorising things.

There is a certain kind of break in your existence, from now on you look at things and try to lable it, you don’t see it as an original and unique whatever-it-is any more. The French psycho analist Lacan (who made a very complicated theory about all this) calls this phase the symbolic order as apposed to the other phase that he calls the imaginary order . Very revealing stuff, if you ask me.

Our workshop was about shape, not meaning. The thing as it is, not the concept behind it. An attemt to try and let you look at an object in the way described above.

Judging from the results that can been seen under the category “form-lab“, presenting most of the processes I witnessed, I think it worked at least for some of you.

legs are nice

Monday, March 15, 2010

legs are…

Process of transformation one thing to another is long and full of difficulties…

What if object we chose is so beautiful and well done that we don’t want to change even a single detail?

I think that nature is the best designer*

Object design seems to be separate being. It is living its own life.

In my project, I would like to add simple everyday objects invented by the human imagination – bedside table made part of infinite perfection of nature – human legs.

* ( ok, some small dogs are sometimes a little bit odd ).

Come and read!

Monday, March 15, 2010

The aim of the project was to be capable of using the shape and quality of one object for developing another, completely different object. I decided to use my favorite chair as starting point for the assignment. While working I realized that I couldn’t solely rely on the factuality of forms. Rather I had to work on a more intuitional level; I had to interpret and translate shapes and texture into certain qualities.  I ended up making a bookshelf out of a chair.

Some general remarks on the chair:

  • 50ties
  • The chair can be divided into two parts, namely the seating and the legs. The parts differ in style and function, yet they seem to contrast each other in style -hard and soft, different movements-.
  • The chair is top heavy.

Qualities of the seating:

  • The round shape of the seating gives a sense of intimacy and protection.
  • The round shape has an inward movement that is inviting and suggests openness. It makes you want to sit down and crawl up into it.

Qualities of the legs:

  • Straight, elegant legs.
  • The legs have a vertical movement. The legs are scuffed all around and they seem to narrow down towards the end which also gives them a slight horizontal movement.
  • Breaks with the softness and inviting feeling of the seating.

Left: photo of the chair and the seating. Right: different sketches bookshelf

Left: photo of the chair and seating.
Right: different sketches of the bookshelf.

Idea behind the bookshelf:

  • The round shape and inward movement of the bookshelf corresponds with the seating of the chair.
  • The shape of the bookshelf gives a sense of intimacy and protection, which is also similar to a book cover.

The idea behind the books:

  • The books are placed with their covers towards the bookshelf, which gives one a peak into the books by just looking at them. The placement of the books is a literal expression of openness.
  • The pages of the books are meant to contrast the round shape of the bookshelf, similar to the way the legs and the seating of the chair relate to each other.

As can be seen in the sketches above I experimented with the general form and feeling of the object by placing the books in different ways into the bookshelf. Ultimately I had to conclude that the last sketch (the books placed in a crown shape) is corresponding best to the heavy, warm feeling of the chair. Furthermore the crown shape of the books helps to enhance the qualities and the shape of the bookshelf as they are reversed in form.

Several sights of the bookshelf -the actual result.

what is happening

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

how can a line be straight from one angle, and curvy from another?

I turn the watch over and look and turn again.

what is happening?

it is all angles and shapes,

it’s all curves and lines,

its all male and female,

unexpected angles, unusual proportions.

I can keep discovering.

This watch is the property of science fiction classics and uniformed airline officers in the future we will all have microwaves and flying cars

and this desk

The Oily Object

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Simplistic form, makes me think of suitcases, briefcases, boxes.

4 angles from the front side and back side. 8 in total.

Design of simplistic form. Based on angles.

Obvious similarity with the zippo. Detail from the side put on the top.

Very minimalistic outcome. For me it’s about aesthetics.

Red Glass And Orange Text.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Deformed Text Graphic element Kikkoman's universe

 Deformed letters and symbols when you look through the glass

brother and sister

Another object that fascinates me is a lamp.
Today I came to realize that they actually are brother and sister.
Two elements:  Shiny transparent fragile glass - vs - Strong non transparent cap/top
Symmetry    -    yrtemmyS
As less as possible. Form follows function. No extra’s.


A Sketch


Product Follows Form

sketch of how it will look

No extra's: Lamp and switch are now one
Reflections are now replaced by light

The Model


technical drwing
Logical symmetrical system

(Eventually) two elements: Plastic and Glass

Or four? Lamp and Switch included

Maxell 90 Gold

Thursday, March 4, 2010

For me sound is something mysterious, because I’m deaf. during my childhood I was fascinated by music cassettes (casette-bandjes). People love these things. For me it was hard to imagine.
Something coming out of the cassette that I couldn’t see.
some more interesting elements:
– gold/black – variety volume of lines – symmetrical holes – two hole with teeth – rectangle with round corners – easy to put in pocket – parallel lines–

scale drawing “make invisible visible”

final presentation

Exploring the possibilities for translating the idea into a product brought me to a new space for viewing the designwork. I fell in love with the PET-foamboard material and thin woods. I could change the shape and lines (movement).
During the translating I solved the technical problems/errors that I couldn’t see in my scale drawing. I had to wear the showmodel glasses in order to solve these problems and find the right shape (nose-holding, hinge and degree angles).
I’m happy with my first design product translation from the (inaudible) cassette-band and I don’t mind wearing it.

Spinning spacetool

Thursday, March 4, 2010

What I found interesting about the original object and wanted to use for my own design was the temptation to spin the handle and the hypnosis from looking through the transparent plastic.
It’s a simple and appealing 80’s kitchenware; sharp, round, white plastic meets metal, functional and no I-pod edges.

Sara‘s initial object was her cool black leather shoes (click here to see details), and we decided to work as a team, creating a  cargo-bike by the interesting combination of spinning space and rock’n’roll coolness.

The cylinder shape of the kitchen tool is used for the cargo box, which is made of a metal frame covered with strong white plastic band, braided in and out between the vertical bars of the box, which give the box a mix of curves and straight lines, just like the black leather shoes.

The intriguing contrast of white plastic and silver metal that we find in my original object is transmitted to the bike, through the white handles, cylinder and saddle versus the silver metal frame.

The shoes have a special pattern that we transformed into the triangular part of the frame, which gives the bike a distinctive and cool look, and by biking on it you immediately get into the ongoing rhythm of elevation and falling of the pedals, that makes you continue.

What’s more tempting than to make the wheels spin, by taking a ride on the Spinning Space Bike?

wannabe cool – or actually being cool?

Thursday, March 4, 2010

My black leather boots have a kind of cool “Bob Dylan look”, but for me personally in an ironic way. They look feminine and wrinkly, and feel hard and soft. There lines are both straight and curvy. Everyday they elevate and fall following an ongoing rhythm.

This description of some of the characteristics of the shape resulted in a new

shape, spacebike-model but with some of the same features – a cargo-bike. Especially parts of the pattern in the center of the boots were inspirational for the structure of the metal bars connecting the bicycle. There strict straightnes, but with round tops resemble the ones on the bike. Besides that, the potential of movement in the leather boots generates an even bigger  potential in the bicycle.

The bicycle is in contrast to the boots not cool in an ironic way, but in a more sincere way, being funtional, having an original and simple design and being environmentally friendly.


The Poodle Puzzle

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Bad Dog !

you’re so cliché.
i dislike poodles.
it’s not important.



the shape fits my hands  /  i can feel the cuts  /  a butchers cut  /  i take it apart  /  thirteen pieces   /  interesting objects  /  organic shapes meeting straight cuts  /  male- and female-forms appear  /  mingle them  /  one piece  /  the function dissapears

form is all I have left



the product is based on one specific piece.

it’s an organic shape beautifully cut off.
the form suggests something is missing.
it belongs somewhere.



it reminds me of a japanese wooden shoe.

a shoe that can be altered to personal specifications.
able to constantly change the pieces.
creating variation in heights, materials and systems.



Thursday, March 4, 2010
 I could feel home and it reminds me some old memories.
decided to make simple designed product.
home feeling backscratcher.

A constant repetition of form

Thursday, March 4, 2010

A task to dissect the aesthetics of my object.
A little machine with rumbling boilers and brass fittings.
A clumsy black rubber knob and sharp metallic lines.
A repetition of lines that make a symmetry of circles, hexagons and octagons.
A simplistic and minimal ripped off design for the shape.
A mass-produced iconic object within the field of industrial design.
A constant repetition of form.


Waking up, brushing our teeth, our morning cup of coffee.
It’s all part of a daily routine.
The constant repetition of the same shape in every element of this espresso machine fascinated me.
I took that concept and applied it to another object.
The design of the toothbrush is simplistic yet intriguing because of its peculiar hexagonal form.
A form that came into being by a constant repetition of a similar shape.


Semi-dynamic, bit futuristic

Thursday, March 4, 2010

A typical late sixties, early seventies design, used for all kinds of objects.

The strange yellow surface of the briefcase, what probably pretends to be leather, has become dirty because of use. Coloured stencil ink has enriched its surface.

The lemonade can uses this design.

The aluminium will get shiny after frequent use.

The infinite brain game

Thursday, March 4, 2010

The Diagonal Star puzzle is a three-dimensional geometrical assemble made by six symmetrical wooden pieces.

Whether the interest for this object is practical or artistically, the solution is originated in mathematics, and there is only one way to interlock it. Fixing the six modules in to a pair of two mirror-image halves.

An interesting point of the visual part of this object is that if you look at the side of one module it resemblance a rectangle.

But when they are all assembled the form fits into a cube


Using the shape and measurements from the surface of the the Diagonal Star, a new sort of  “game” can be created.

It is made out of eight interconnected paper cubes, that can be folded in what seems at infinitive ways.

It starts out as a black cube.

From this point you can fold it to a white cube.

When you divide the cube, the new cubes can be transformed into two diagonal stars, with the exact same mesurements as the diagonal star puzzle.  Therefore, either the black or white cube/star can contain the wooden puzzle.

The pleasure of the endless transformations in these new shapes can be a big inspiration for further research and design on product/interactive objects.


Thursday, March 4, 2010

Yes, these parfume makers sure know how to do it.


What interests me is the part where the glass meets the lid. And the relationship between the glass, the black in the logo and the gold of the lid. It’s about absolute balance here and the elements chosen.

It’s also a big pleasure to hold it. Size matters a great deal.

I made a little watch out of it.

A watch that you always want on your wrist, that’s a bit elegant but still earthly and organic.

The most important task was to create balance between gold, glass and leather.

I chose a small scale with the width of only 2,5 cm on the widest part and the height of 2 cm, regarding to the fact that the round circle on top should only stick out in a convenient way.

As you can see, the difference in functionality of the bottle and the watch made me switch the components around. There could also have been all sorts of other variations of the elements I liked in the bottle but it all evolved so naturally that it probably had to do something with balance as well.

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