Furnishing Resonance – A Collaboration with Steinway & Sons
The idea behind the project was to design a limited edition piano that more than been just a functional instrument, could also be seen a piece of contemporary furniture. The design takes a Steinway’s Model A Piano as the starting point. Without sacrificing Steinway’s renowned high quality acoustics and elegance, changes are made around several components but leaving the case intact. I choose to work with clean straight lines throughout the piano case and take away all unnecessary curves other odd-looking contours which gives the new piano a “pure” minimal look.
The standard 3 legs are substituted by two wooden frame structures that hold the case and become the main focal point of my design. A kickback and a subtle slump that goes along the frames add movement to the design. The lyra was reduced to a single metal frame that blends with the basic shape of the case. A matching bench with leather upholstery complements the piano.
The case and lid have a high-gloss black finish that contrasts with the exposed teak grain of the legs.The bottom rim that goes underneath the case has a mat black finish. The new geometry with clean lines and an eye-catching material combination give the piano a new image; a combination of a contemporary piece of furniture and and a high end musical instrument.
The Home brewing station takes a process that is normally perceived as complicated and overwhelming and simplifies it ,turning it into a more fun and approachable experience. It is an innovative approach to home brewing that focuses on the production of small one gallon batches. This translates into a series of advantages for the home-brewer. It needs less space, it allows to use already available kitchen utensils, makes the actual brewing process faster and the smaller volumes are easier to handle. All of this allows the home brewer to brew more often, gain experience in a shorter amount of time and the possibility of enjoying a wider range of beer styles.
The system focuses on the practicality of the process, housing just the necessary elements needed to brew beer. It is designed to be flexible and can be adapted to the user’s specific needs. Ultimately, it serves as a tool to motivate people to engage into simple everyday life activities that can improve interaction with others. Home brewing is also a sustainable approach to the consumption of this beverage since it can be produced locally with less waste. It also allows the user to learn and better appreciate the beverage since it can be enjoyed fresh and made out of quality ingredients.
The brewing station celebrates the millenary art of beer brewing, as it acts as a display where the process and the tools can be appreciated and better understood. It incorporates traditional materials like wood,stainless steel, glass, ceramic and leather into contemporary simple forms. It is meant to be displayed as a piece of furniture but it is also a real, versatile working station that can be rolled to the kitchen or next to a stove where the beer is brewed.
The cabinet is made out of 1/2 inch oak plywood which was custom laid up for the project and consists of 9 layers of veneer.
The Stainless steel front panel resolves allows the user to custom position the brewing tools and provides a solution to some of the problems home brewers have to overcome, for example drying the bottles after sanitation. It also allows fresh air into the cabinet’s interior which contains the fermenting brew.
Taking simplicity again as the most important aspect of the concept, the minimal logo consists of the word “BEER”, with the letters arranged around an X. Simple and effective the logo explains with one word the content of the bottle. The Logo incorporates graphic elements of the cabinet and the bag which creates a unity between the different objects.
Logo and Branding Concept in collaboration with -Franziska Stetter
Packaging and Personalization:
The Home Brewing Station allows to personalize each bottle in a practical simple way. Rubber stamps with the BEER logo allow the user to personalize each bottle.Traditionally, paper bags are a cheap easy way to carry beer bottles in a discreet way. The concept behind the packaging is take a simple known element as the paper bag and elevate its value through the branding with the rubber stamps. This way, every bottle becomes unique.
Rethinking Everyday Objects- The Fan
Materials: Ash plywood and powder coated steel.
Form simplicity is a central tenet of my design practice. For this project, I insist on a straight forward construction where all parts of the fan are re-thought, and in the process, stripped to the bare minimum: cage, propeller, base, motor components.
The re-design of this everyday object involves: careful analysis of materials selected for lifecycle and perceived value, a shift of scale that foregrounds the the propeller as the most noticeable feature of the fan, allowing to eliminate the propeller’s cage, and finally form precision.
A tripod construction for the base assures stability and visual lightness. The steel top on the base serves as a connection between the legs and the ring that holds the propeller and motor in place. The wooden slats in the base are attached with screws and they come apart for ease of transportation. The Propeller’s geometry was redesigned to efficiently move the air in a silent way.
The blades are crafted through the layering and bending of ash veneers. A plywood construction allows the blades to remain stable and maintain its shape through time and also denotes high attention to detail and craftmanship. The steel makes the construction robust, and the powder coated finish gives it a perfect smooth surface.
Dimensions: 50 X 50 in (Footprint) X 8ft (Height)
All the parts ar welded together and then powder coated
Ash Veneers are then cut and prepared for the Glue-up
6pack carrier for your bike
The Beer Bag is part of the “Rethinking the Familiar” Collection, which intends to enhance the value and change people’s perception of every day objects.
Through the use of high quality materials and the addition of new layers of functionality the Beer Bag changes the perceived value and the way of interacting with bottled home brewed beer. It works as a saddle bag that can be attached to a bike’s frame. Thus making it easier to transport the bottles when riding a bicycle. Its straight forward construction includes Velcro that is frequently used in other bike accessories, making the attachment and detachment from the bike’s frame faster and easier. The beer holders provide a double function. The first function is to provide a secure connection between the bag and the bottle, and the second function is to act as insulation between the bottle and the warmth of the hand, allowing the beer to stay colder for a longer period of time. The versatile beer holders can be adjusted to fit different bottle diameters.
The chose of material, leather, speaks high quality. Its high value and the hand crafted construction relates to the effort and quality of ingredients put into the home brew. It was also chosen because of the way the material changes with its use; it acquires more character as it ages, creating a deeper sense of belonging stronger empathy between the user and the bag.
The bag conceals the bottles providing a discrete way of caring the beverage. An interior memory foam padding prevents the bottles from breaking during transportation.
Enjoy your beer!
Materials: White Oak, Stainless Steel
Dimensions: 8in X 12in X 10in
This project illustrates the concept of simplicity through the working principle of a wooden barrel. A traditional wooden barrel works by metal hoops holding several staves of wood together tightly shaped into a bulging cylinder. As the wood absorbs moisture, it swells. This makes the joints between the staves tighter and prevents the liquids from leaking between the joints.
I wanted to take advantage of that very simple working principle but at the same time, to utilize new available technologies like the CNC. This translates into a new object that merges a traditional principle with a contemporary shape.
The cask is made out of white oak.This material adds complexity and character to the flavor of aging beverages like wine, whiskey, cognac and beer among others. The rings and the base holding the sides are stainless steel because of its strength and the aesthetic quality of the material.
The cask consists of 4 mittered pieces of wood. A side cut on the pieces allows the stainless steel rings to disapear below the edges of the parts. These are ratcheted around the wooden pieces and held together on the bottom by a rivet.
A Wooden Dinner Collection under the premise of Savor, Amuse, Entertain submited to Dillard’s Farm to Table design project. The contest is a collaboration of Red Clay and the brand Dillard’s,where the design submissions are voted online by consumers. Five of the 8 collection pieces were chosen by the voters and will be produced by Dillard’s next spring.
Digital Design and Manufacture Technologies allow a world of new possibilities and forms that we couldn’t even imagine just a few years ago. With this collection I wanted to take advantage of modern manufacturing processes and do something interesting and unusual.
All pieces in this set are intended to challenge our expectation. Asymmetric yet simple elegant forms make the observer keep the eyes on the object and its contents. Oak and Walnut wood contrast with each other and have a beautiful grain that enhance the shape of the piece. This collection promises to be a highlight on your table and a perfect complement for you delicious food.
The Auto-train is a concept that explores a new way of commuting and a better use of time while traveling in between big cities. It is an alternative to the overcrowded freeways and the irresponsible use of energy and resources.
It’s a sustainable approach for traveling distances that are too long to drive with the car but too short to fly to.
Auto-train enables faster, more secure, but still individual traveling over long distances and allows the users to remain flexible at their point of destination.
The Auto-train is a fully automated driver-less mass transportation system guided along existing rail lines. The stations are low-speed track sections diverging from main rail lines that are located next to the highway and close to dense populated metropolitan areas
Every Auto-train can carries a small number of cars . It can merge and diverge easily from the main tracks, allowing it to work like an automated taxi that doesn’t need to stop between destinations.
Automation grants a higher traffic density on the tracks and and a higher frequency of Auto-trains at every station, reducing waiting times for the users .
Some of the benefits of the Auto-train are:
Enables users to arrive quickly and safely to their destination without traffic jams and stress.
Facilitates an absolute mobility at the final destination.
Allows you to make a better use of your time while traveling. Sit back and relax. Enjoy the panoramic view and get to your destination well rested, or work while you travel and prepare yourself for the next business meeting.
Energy savings: Railroads enable a real use renewable energy sources. This means less fuel,less pollution and a smaller CO2 footprint. Less rolling resistance, that translates into less tire wear and energy saving
Easy Compost- Home Composter
Imagine that everyone could be able to process his
own organic waste at home…
The size of the landfills would be reduced and the
resources employed to pick up and dispose the waste
would also be diminished.
Nobody likes to have organic waste hanging around
the house. It smells bad, is difficult to handle, and
carries diseases with it. 0ver 40% of the waste we
produce everyday, is of this type.
Imagine being paid for your trash instead of paying
to get rid of it…
Easy Compost is a device utilized to process organic waste at home, especially in the city where space is very limited. Because not everybody has a garden to make compost the traditional way, it was designed to operate inside of the house, in the kitchen right where most of the garbage is being produced.
It does not need electric power or chemicals to operate. It is made with recycled plastic and needs no screws or other additional mechanical unions.
The waste is turned into a useful material that is good for the environment.
Users and the environment would benefit from the
compost being produced, as it could be used at home
or it could be sold as well, therefore being an incentive for
people to recycle.
Very easy to use, lift the lid and deposit your organic waste inside. A special breed of worms and microorganisms diminish the bad smell while decomposing the organic material . You can pick up your high quality compost everyday through the drawer, as well as liquid compost that you can use as a fertilizer for your plants at home.
Easy Compost was designed thinking of Reduce, Re-use and Recycle,
or the three R’s, which are the three pillars of recycling philosophy.
It is important not only to employ recycled materials but also to try to
provide longer operating life and easier disassembly. Thinking of the three
R’s can help reduce costs as well as the impact on the environment.
With Easy Compost waste doesn`t build up in landfills
where it takes longer to decompose. Insted it is rapidly
processed and turned into a high value material that can be easily
brought back in the envyroment.
The concept behind Hana Lamp is simplicity and material eficiency. Hana is made out of a single piece of folded paper. Simple geometry with straight lines and the transparency of the paper characterize the design. Hana is an abstraction of a flower. Moving its petals up and down changes the light intensity and creates a different light mood.
With this project I wanted to achieve a lightweight chair that could be used indoors as well as outdoors.
Design of various components and spaces and for Recreational Vehichles.
Design of the pictograms and buttons of the central control pannel for the motor home brand Hobby.
For Klübler Design 2010
Anti pendant | A vibration-free Suspension Lamp for motorhomes
A table lamp task is, more than just to produce glare-free illumination onto a table surface,to generate a cozy atmosphere .Classic pendant lights are the most effective creating this atmosphere. In motorhomes hanging lamps are used only rarely, since they must be suspended during the trip. This new light has space at the top that can accommodate the cable. This makes it possible to fix the light on the ceiling while driving as a normal ceiling light.
For Klüber Design-2010
A normal click action ball pen consists of many parts. They are often very cheap and are made out different materials. Therefore, their recycling process is almost impossible.
In this study made for Lamy, the challenge was to develop a low cost, easy-to-recycle product family that would look and feel good
How many times you´ve been on vacations and there was nobody home to water your plants…
Wouldn´t it be great if they could water
If you are the type of person that enjoys
having plants at home but doesn´t have enough time to take care of them, then
Bromelia is perfect for you!
Bromelia uses air´s humidty to
water the plants.
Project assignment during my internship at Hannes Wettstein AG in Zürich . This concept is a new interpretation of the Metis Lounge Chair from the Italian furniture brand La Palma.