CONCEPT: Intricate, lightness, and delicate beauty - these are a few attributes from jellyfishes that I chose to implement within the context of a chair.
With the application of contrasting finishes and textures, I wanted to emphasis the interaction between the ¾" copper plated tubular steel framework and the visually connecting weaving seat and chair back.
The delicate sweeping forms of the polished copper frame meet at the back of the chair, to create an X, which is welded to provide structural integrity and to create visual interest at all angles. A ½” tubular cross member also offers support to prevent tipping, and warping within the framework. Transparent protection gliders for the chair legs are interchangeable. And, to contrast the smoothness of the frame, the texture stemming from the seat and chair back is woven using an untreated hemp or high-tech white string to allow for textural difference. The seat and chair back is also slightly angled and pitched to accommodate proper ergonomics and anthropometrics of the human form.
The overall dimensions of this side chair is 22”W x 27”D x 41”H.
MEDIUM: AutoCAD; Rhino; Keyshot; SU Podium.
CONCEPT: Unexpected, boundless, and fluid - these are a few attributes from urban landscaping that I chose to implement within the context of the Legato Outdoor Bench. Specifically, I was inspired by the texture and pathway of concrete pavers. Usually constructed in a linear and static approach, I wanted this bench to be playful, expressive and most importantly, inviting to the user. The concept of this piece to facilitate harmony between the natural and built environment.
With the application of white pigment infused polyethylene resin (reconstituted milk cartons), I wanted to emphasize the interaction between the 1⁄2" extruded weave and the play of light and shadow from the overall form. The sweeping form invites the user to explore and relax – there are a multitude of different posture seating (sit, lounge, lay).
MEDIUM: Freehand Sketching; Rhino; Keyshot.
CONCEPT: Sculptural in its form, utilitarian in its function – this cocktail table was designed to be the focal point of a room. I approached this project with the intent of designing the form around the stored objects – blankets and throw pillows. I wanted to develop a designated storage area for these items because there isn’t much consideration in existing designs. I chose to create two deep drawers at either end of the table that is pulled out horizontally.
Inspired by the sculptural and architectural quality of lighting fixtures – I concentrated on repetitious geometry to conceal the “hidden” storage component. The use of geometric slats on the façade creates interest and adds a sense of movement to the solid rectilinear form – there is an abstract quality to this piece.
The intended market of this piece is to appeal to a younger group of individuals that are looking for more cutting edge and one off pieces. I contrasted the materials and colors of the piece by using polished brass finish and semi matte – jewel tone – paint color. Polished brass metal sheets are applied to the drawer sides as an accent to the dark paint color.
MEDIUM: AutoCAD; Rhino; Keyshot.
CONCEPT: During my industrial design internship at the Haworth Global Design Studio in Holland, MI, I was given the task to design a low price point casegood line targeting Generation Y users. Youthful, engaging and collaborative, Envy is a collection of components that are thoughtful and efficient. It is diverse and adaptable, that optimizes square footage and helps people work smarter. With the world of the executive shifting from hierarchy to collaboration, Envy challenges convention and extends its various densified leather sling and fabric panel organization options to the user. This collection is comforting, inviting, and retains the natural beauty and softness from mixed materials: wood, leather and upholstery.
This casegood line was proposed at the 2016 annual executive budget meeting.
MEDIUM: Freehand Sketching; Rhino; Keyshot.
CONCEPT: The initial approach to this project was to design a solution for a problem that I could relate to as a college student. As a millennial and target demographic of Sauder’s design challenge, I wanted to research and implement a solution for sound, and in particular, a design that utilized sound absorption.
The number of housing developments are increasing, resulting in smaller living spaces, not as many insulated walls, and a lot of bare surfaces with a low absorption rate. For this project, I drew inspiration from the commercial furniture and outdoor tent design. Wall panels, elongated wingback chairs, sofa cocoons, and screen partitions – I immediately noticed that texture played a large role in the design. Some of the possible sound absorbing materials included cardboard, upholstery, felt, open and closed foams, cork, and cellular structures. In my preliminary sketches, I explored different applications such as upholstered case goods with removable upholstery, a cardboard furniture system, and a modular wall panel unit.
My final design is an upholstered shell like structure that is meant to enclose the user and to help with minimizing sound. It provides a quiet zone for studying, and is an individualized design that has customizable upholstery. The basket weaved cushions is removable for a flat packing capability, as is the interlocking metal frame. The shell on the desk can be purchased separately, and is stabilized with clear rubber footings.
MEDIUM: SketchUp; Podium SU.
CONCEPT: This angular stool is based on the Japanese paper folding technique, origami. The purpose of this stool is to resemble a single piece of wood that can be manipulated into other forms. This design is distinct in its geometric structure.
MEDIUM: 3/4" Baltic Birch Plywood.
CONCEPT: Inspired by calla lilies - its captivating and dynamic forms undertake a simplistic but yet striking natural beauty. When turned on, the transparent folded paper allow for the light to pierce through and create a luminescent glow. Accented ivory pieces ground and create more visual interest to the viewer. The cones of paper allow for the light to create pattern on the surrounding surfaces.
MEDIUM: Transparent and Ivory Paper; Painted Metal Base.
CONCEPT: Night Bird is an experimentation of repetitious transparent forms composed in an organic and poetic gradation. The intention of this piece is to heighten the use of abstract form, overlapping and dissolving visual fields through the layering effects of light and cast resin forms. The gold leaf embedded within the cast resin is controlled chaos that grounds the piece visually.
Unity is bound – inward and outward – spatially; an organic suspended frame provides an extension into the space. The heightened use of transparent objects is fantasy driven, and emotive – tangible and intangible.
MEDIUM: Plywood, Walnut, Urethane Cast Resin, Gold Leaf, Extruded Photopolymer Resin.
CONCEPT: Contemporary furniture is comprised of simplistic forms, the implementation of innovative materials and processes, and the continuation of simplicity and linearity. Forms have become lighter, thinner, which is preferred over heavy traditional ornamentation. Multifunctional furniture with more than one function is more prominent, and the application of streamline design and the reduction of essential forms are emphasized.
Materials that are explored in this occasional contemporary collection include Lucite, leather, live edge wood, rattan, black nickel-plated steel, walnut veneer, white laminate, and poured resin.
MEDIUM: AutoCAD; Hand Rendering.
CONCEPT: The curving motion of the cabriole leg, emphasis on comfortable upholstery, fluid forms, and scroll feet – these are just a few of the characteristics that represent provincial furniture during the period of Louis XV. Unlike its’ rectilinear predecessor Louis XIV, Louis XV emphasized comfort, curves, and revolutionized carcass shapes – bombe and serpentine shaping were used extensively. Popular carved ornamentation include roses, baskets, acanthus leaves, and bouquets of flowers tied with ribbon.
For this dining and bedroom collection – I wanted to focus on keeping the stylistic integrity of the period, while also accommodating the lifestyle of today’s users. Throughout my preliminary research, I noticed that provincial Louis XV furniture was relatively complex in its’ form, and that it relied on curvilinear forms to draw visual interest. I chose to keep the forms of my collection similar, and cohesive with the use of the ogee and thumb shape edge profiles, scroll feet, basket weave motif and bail pulls.
I took inspiration from the curvilinear forms of iron fencing, and decided to implement this accent material within a few pieces – a round dining table, buffet and deck. The materials that I used within this collection are wrought iron, rustic pewter furniture hardware and grey stained oak.
MEDIUM: AutoCAD; Hand Rendering.