An intimate porcelain speaker plays music whimsically alongside both your computer and phone.
Speaker whimsically sways with the music
Femme Fatale Collection
Briefcase, hand mirror, pen
Catering to the contemporary woman, this collection is inspired by the Femme Fatale character in Hollywood film noirs. They reflect independence, dominance, sophistication, and sensuous characteristics. This collection embodies these virtues in the objects and user through materiality, technology, and tactility.
Photo credit: M.Truong Photography
Photo credit: M. Truong Photography
Cue explores conversion and amplification of already existing environmental cues in order to help people sync with natural, daily rhythms. Through the material properties of dichroic glass, the light temperature of incoming sunlight is modified. Using a pleated structure, this window shade transmits the color of light necessary to help sync with the 24 hour day: blue in the daylight to orange at dawn and dusk. Cue helps people in a subtle and unobtrusive manner.
The Sprout Planter was created exclusively for Design Collab—a CB2 collaborative that brings us together with like-minded souls and design institutions. Design Collab No. 1 debuts small–space solutions by 12 students in the Designed Objects curriculum at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). The Sprout Planter to "bring nature back into the home, accommodating both plants and garden tools." Crafted of glazed white stoneware, sculptural planter arcs over a sleek tray below. Removable pocket hooks over the side to hold cuttings or tools.
Collaboration with Brian Anderson
Determined by new technology and nylon material, Hextiles explores the idea of ubiquitous 3D printing. The welded, nylon-printed dress is flexible, weightless, and customizable. Using a Printrbot with a small printing surface, modularity was required for faster production.
Inspired from the moulting process such as that of snake skin, this experimental process was designed with the capabilities to reproduce multiples. This process casts hollow forms by roto-molding inside a balloon. The constricted balloon gives the hollow form a three dimensional pattern inspired from snake skin. The rubber of the balloon would later be cut and peeled away to expose the final object.
Chip Off the Block: Wood Veneer Accessories
A modular, wearable object that has many possibilities to become different types of accessories. Each module was once a flat, two dimensional wood veneer piece that has been made three dimensional. The two examples shown is a necklace and a bowtie.
Study of the traditional South Korean Koryo Era Celadon pottery in the ceramic village of Song-wol-yo in Echon. I was trained in the inlay technique of the symbols used in Koryo pottery.
Photo credit: M.Truong Photography
Inspired from living hinges, different patterns were experimented on plywood to test flexibility by taking away material from plywood. The spring-like flexibility allows users to “play” and interact with the light.
Humane Mouse Trap
As part of the design pragmatics, the trap was designed to have a whimsical, gestural movement once the trap activates. The trap is held up by bait, which is pretzel with peanut butter. Once the mouse eats the bait, the top would twist and collapse, trapping the mouse inside an acrylic and metal cage. The spacing of the metal was designed to be big enough for a mouse to get through, and when collapsed, small enough so that it cannot escape or accidentally cause harm. A lid can be lifted on the top to release the mouse safely.
Disclaimer: No mice were hurt in the process.
The nature of this project is to design a furniture set to facilitate tea drinking as a shared experience. Tea drinking is a social experience establishing relationships that others can recognize as a tradition. My objective is to bridge the gap between traditional and modern tea culture, using wood and porcelain, materials typically used in Korean tea ceremonies. While porcelain is conventionally a material used for tea vessels, I explored the preconceived uses of porcelain and united it with wood by incorporating the inlay technique to create a tea table and matching floor seating.
An investigation of how people interacted and reacted to a typcially unusual mix of two materials, porcelain and wood, in a hybrid furniture was explored. Experimenting and testing the constraints of porcelain, warpage of a flat surface during the firing process was discovered to be a challenge. Inspired by structural forms, the risk of deformation was minimized as well as an increase in volume for storage. The porcelain piece was fabricated by CNC mill for a slip cast mold and inlayed into the wooden surface. It can hold hot mugs to rid the need of coasters, and the extra volume of the crevices can be used as storage for small items like coins and accessories.