This project were made in collaboration with Weena Lee and Juliana DeFilippis.
In this day and age where we grow more and more close to technology, there is a greater need to interact with nature. However, most of our daily interaction with nature is controlled by our environment, such as, paths, seatings and light sources. When considering group gatherings in the night time, food and drinks are usually involved, With that in mind, we decided to work with a way to allow people to appreciate the outdoors and each other, even after dark. Outdoor eating places tend to have their own spaces set up for lighting and seating and consequently they do not allow for a greater mobility of people as they desire. We wished that people could be free to roam and pick their own favorite spots in the nature, not feeling forced to a pre-set environment. In that sense, the usage of a portable lighting solution would be ideal.
Buoy is a portable light solution, Inspired by the guiding light of a sea-buoy, that allow you to go further, explore and find your new favourite spot, wherever you are.
This project were made in collaboration with Dick Hammer and Elin Alvbåge.
The aim of this course was for us to explore the life cycle of objects and materials and the possibilities with reusing materials in design. Hair is one of many materials which value and potential is not really acknowledged. It has a high status when it’s attached to the head but a soon as it’s detached, it becomes something filthy and thrown away. Even though it has remarkable strength and abilities.
Over 130 milion litres of hair is thrown away in Sweden each year from hairdressers only. Our goal was to change the way we look at hair as a material and do something useful of it, to give it a purpose once again.
The Hair-Rope is a statement that questions how we look at waste as well as how we perceive value in products and materials.
the Hair Rope
As a part of the project, we also produced a video as a narrative tool for storytelling.
If we want to sustain our modern lifestyle it’s time to start thinking of how we manage our waste. It’s essential that we start living locally and less globally, taking responsibility for our lifestyle and choices as well as cherish the resources we have.
One of our most unappreciated luxuries in the western world is the presence of food. In our modern society we have become distanced where food come from. Every year, we discard one third of the food meant for human consumption, that’s approximately 1.3 billion tonnes that is thrown away. This is mainly due to overconsumption, we basically buy more than we need. Then we use up electricity to store all this extra food that ends up in our bin.
To be able to decrease both our energy and food waste, we need to look at how we store our food at home. The refrigerator is the only appliance that is on 24h a day all year around. because of its convenience we tend to store more than we need. The refrigerator can store more than a person eats in a month. Most things we store in the fridge does not even need that low temperatures. Fruits, vegetables, eggs, cheese and some dairy can manage without the fridge. Before we used to store these kinds of goods in a root cellar, but due to our urbanisation we have both less knowledge about what we eat as well as less space for solutions that don’t requires electricity.
TERRA is a urban root-cellar that allow you to store food without using electricity. Working through evaporation, used by people in centuries.
Dreaming of a home herb garden I decided to look at how I could make a planter that is specialised to meet the needs of herbs, creating an environment that would be optimal for them to grow in. I started to look at materials and what properties that would be best for planting herbs. I soon got into ceramic and the porosity of earth ware, its ability to absorb water is very useful in this context. Working with ceramic gave me some restriction in shape developing, in order to be able to produce the pot myself. Ceramic is a versatile material that can be both porous and totally water proof, its easy to clean and you can experiment with the surface in many different ways.
The biggest problem with keeping herbs is the watering. The optimal environment for the herb damp but not wet, to much water causes the roots to rot. But if the pot have to much drainage the plant quickly dries out.
The result is a smart planting system in three parts where material and shape helps keeping the water separated but yet accessible to the roots.
The goal with this short project was to create a stool with the brand of our choice. I chose to work with IKEA as a brand and focused on making a fun furniture that embraces the concept of flat packaging. I was inspired by puzzles and wooden joints as well as playing around with the classic “problem” of assembling IKEA furnitures.
My concept was based on the principle of the “trollknut” a type of 3d puzzle. Only when all the parts are connected it will stay together and be strong. Each part is relying on the next.
The result is an all round stool that at the same time is a statement of how difficult it can be to assemble an IKEA furniture.
NASA, stars design
Mankind is reaching further than ever before and our aim is now set on the red planet of Mars. In 2030 NASA is planning on landing the first manned vessel on the surface of Mars. But there are still a lot of problems to solve before we are ready. With the Mars mission in mind we made a project in collaboration with NASA consisting of three parts. First we started with the word FEAR and investigated around the word. Then we went to Houston, Texas and visited NASA for two weeks, going to lectures, researching in the lunar planetary institution and taking tours in the facilities of Johnson Space Centre. The trip ended with a presentation of research and first ideas. The third part of the project started when we got home, with all our information we worked and finished our concepts and designs.
With the Mars mission as with any exploration pushing on a new frontier, there is gonna be certain problem to deal with. The Mars mission is planned in three phases. In phase 1, most of the time will consist of conduct research, investigating the surrounding and drilling for samples. using a Mars rover to get around. This means having to explore a vast area in a limited amount of time. And time is of the greatest importance, any delay in the mission will have a cost. If a dust storm while the crew is on the surface they could be forced to wait it out, losing many valuable hours of research.
My concept is based on phase one in our mission to mars, when we are going to collect samples and conduct research. Manned missions will be short and we have to make most of our time on the planet. In the event of a dust storm, the mars crew have no choice but to wait it out. Because of the erosive nature of the dust and the lack of visibility, this will cost valuable time and money. My solution was to design a light and fast deployed dust shelter in which the crew could conduct their research on the surface in a protected environment.
Initial brief of this project was to ”make a hand-held tool with the brand of your choice.“ I choose to do a hand driven whisk that works without electricity, with Philips as a brand. They focus on electrical kitchen appliances and it would be fun to see if I could do something that would have a aestetic that would belong within their line but work without electricity.
The whisk works by pressing down the top part and thereby start a momentum that will spin the whisk-heads inside the bowl.