This ring initially started as a personal project and morphed naturally into a production class which I took my senior year at RISD. The design had gone through many iterations based upon my aesthetic as well as multiple surveys of the RISD community, both current students and alumni. With their feedback I have created a ring which is a not only a representation of what RISD means to me, but also something that the whole community can stand behind and has actually voted on.
The inspiration for this chair came from my mother and her love of sitting on the floor. This chair combines the comfort of furniture with the freedom and space that one enjoys without.
An extensive iteration stage culminated in 3D modeling them in Solidworks. The 3D printed parts were used to create a rubber mold for the casting of wax parts. Once the waxes were of an acceptable quality, they were sent to be cast in brass. The final pieces were then polished and set upon rosewood shafts.
The form of this chair is derived from my love of calligraphy and curves. I am fascinated by the idea of a curvilinear form simplified into a chair. The drawings I created were translated into Rhino and manipulated into a chair form. The seat and back are laminated plywood over a CNC’d mold while the pattern cut into the wood creates a forgiving surface to make a more comfortable sitting experience. The leather accents are to soften the impact of the steel feet on a floor, to give visual interest and to add a hint of color.
The inspiration for this piece comes from my love of clean lines and beautiful curves. The lip of the mug curves out to give an extremely comfortable drinking experience. The handle is big enough to encompass a hand yet small enough to be useful and comfortable in traditional holding methods.
This project began as an exercise in combining two different aesthetics: the design aspects of The Fifth Element, a film by Luc Besson, and the work of Victor Horta, an Art Nouveau architect of the early 1900’s. Following much research into these two bodies of work, the aesthetics were combined and focused into a compass form. After the first model, the concept was focused even more by designing for a specific focus group, park rangers. The final product not only incorporates the visual language of both inspirations but also has features that would be useful for the focus group. Such features include: an LED light, an emergency beacon, flint, an illuminated face and a knife.