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
With this project I wanted to achieve a lightweight chair that could be used indoors as well as outdoors.
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.