In addition to our successful AUT student Best Awards entries, we would like to congratulate designer and AUT lecturer Clark Bardsley on winning a Bronze Award for his tongue-in-cheek design “Arm Chair“. “‘Arm’ is not another chair; it is an anti-chair. It celebrates nonsense, and gleefully breaks the chair design rule book. It is not comfortable; in fact, it cannot be sat on. It is the outline or symbol of a chair, produced in fine American Oak.” Clark has an impressive […]
Check out the newest 3Doodler pen from Wobbleworks with the capability to print in nylon and polycarbonate as well as plastic-based composites of wood, bronze, and copper. These composites contain a high percentage of the real material and open up opportunities for architects and designers to use the tool for prototyping. Click here to find out more about the design of the new 3Doodler pen and its potential to change the way we think and prototype.
Designed as part of a second year project in collaboration with craft furniture and lighting company Douglas and Bec, Shiri Friedler’s organic bowl collection “Split” is among AUT’s finalist Best Award’s entries. Each of the three bowls explores a different combination of metal and timber in a unique flowing form evocative of water or a rolling landscape. The design of Split was driven by a desire to create fluid contours from traditionally solid materials. The largest bowl combines American Black Walnut […]
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“Lumi“minimalist, hand-crafted lighting series designed by AUT Product Design graduate Kelly-Anne Keach as her final year project. The design was driven by Kelly-Anne’s desire to challenge material limitations through a playful experimentation process. Lumi is crafted from slip-cast soft-paste porcelain and hand-turned American Ash wood. Soft-paste porcelain has a liquid consistency that once fired appears opaque like ceramic but when illuminated has a translucent glow like frosted glass. The hand-turned base presents a visual contradiction, supporting the weight of the […]
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Looking for some design inspiration? Check out this series of kinetically controlled, brass and wood lights by Héctor Esrawe. Each light in the series features a unique switch mechanism that activates the light through a different gesture. The minimalist use of materials and visual language place the focus on the simple yet intriguing way that users interact with each light.
Designed by London company Primo Toys, this simple toy set teaches children to use basic coding principles to direct a wooden cube robot (Cubetto) to his home on the play mat. “With the Cubetto Playset, we wanted to create an new, tangible programming language that any child, of any language, anywhere in the world could pick up and begin using straight away.” To find out more about the design, click here.
Great design often results from the celebration and clever use of material properties as can be seen in this series of wooden objects designed by Royal College of Arts graduate Simin Qiu. The collection is constructed from meticulously glued 5mm sections of pine offcuts and uses the natural end grain to create intricate herringbone-style patterns. The objects themselves take simple geometric forms to balance out the intricacy of the surface patterns. By using offcuts, Qiu transforms a material that would […]
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It’s useful to any designer intending to work with wood to understand the properties of different types of wood and the terminology used to describe them. With that in mind check out this useful series by Core77 that teaches all you need to know about the basics of wood: Material Matters: Wood
Morten Gronning, a graduate from the Royal College of Art has design a glove that allows wearers to sculpt solid materials with their fingertips. With interchangeable oscillating pads with abrasive materials mounted on the fingertips, wearers can sculpt stone or wood with the same manual dexterity that might be used to sculpt from clay. “The movements are powered by a motor mounted on the back of the hand, connected to a gearbox closer to the fingers. A small knob on […]
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This set of measuring instruments designed by Unfold in collaboration with Kirschner 3D and Penny Webb translates measurements into CAD models in real time, allowing for the customisation of 3D printed objects. Digital software like photoshop uses familiar objects like a paint brush or paint bucket as a metaphor for representing digital tools. These analogue objects inject the digital functions of these tools back into the physical realm. For more information, check out the following: http://www.dezeen.com/2014/10/19/unfold-physical-tools-digital-measuring-3d-printing-dutch-design-week-2014/ http://www.dezeen.com/2015/03/13/movie-dries-verbruggen-unfold-analogue-digital-tools/