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The project is a showcase for future alternative use of coal, with the aim to introduce a disruptive re-evaluation of the material.



Through a material investigation, the project probes the possibilities of utilising a plentiful, discarded and virtually free material to create valuable pieces. It aims to challenge the values & perception of a paper cup. The paper cup is valued for its purpose (hot beverage to go, easily disposed of) while holding no inherent value as an object. The proposed paper cups attempts to create intricate and beautiful textures while proving themselves useless as a recipient.


At the café at home comments on today’s observable dichotomy between social media “connecting us all” and growing solitude.


It suggests, yet another device, encompassing several background sounds from several cafés from different locations (Manchester, London, Berlin, Hamburg, Paris & Milan). Instead of interacting with people the user can sit at home, safely, and drink a coffee while having the comforting sound of people around him/her.

The project is about the act of switching on a light. It aims to enhance the experience of interacting with a light source through an increased physical movement. An oversized touch point becomes an integral switch for the light. The project is based on the belief that while embracing new technologies, it is important to keep physicality and mechanical movements in some form in the objects we interact with.




This piece has its inspiration from two behaviour observed. Commonly when a stool or a chair is found in the entrance hall, it is often used to quickly put away a bag or a coat. When one actually do want to sit down, to tight shoes for instance, one must then unload the chair. Can we still call it stool or chair when the function is not to sit on it? What is it that defines a chair or a stool? The second observation is that we tend to place our bags standing upright when we put them on a chair or on the floor. To make sure that they stand upright we might lean them against a wall or a table leg.


The two different surfaces should express their purposes through proportions, placement, context, size, material and accessibility. Moreover the seating should invite for seating, it should radiate stability through its construction, materials, weight, proportions, it should also express an effortless sit & rise.

Coordinate

“Time measurement turns a succession of unique moments into just so many seconds, minutes, and hours, and denies the particularity of each person’s subjective experience of them.“ Charles Eisenstein


The aim for this product is fundamentally not to display the exact time, rather to act as a border representing the change from public to private in terms of space and pace. Time is in many ways subjective but the way we display it today is vary objective. It is something that makes us stressed and in many ways the master of our lives.  This time piece should therefore display time as existence and pace rather than exact moments. Its purpose is to make the observer switch tempo and to serve as a border between public and private. In order to deprive time its superiority over man the relationship should be more of a symbiosis than that of a hierarchy. It should indicate a prescence and let you control it, giving rather than taking.


Support

This piece has its inspiration from two behaviour observed. Commonly when a stool or a chair is found in the entrance hall, it is often used to quickly put away a bag or a coat. When one actually do want to sit down, to tight shoes for instance, one must then unload the chair. Can we still call it stool or chair when the function is not to sit on it? What is it that defines a chair or a stool? The second observation is that we tend to place our bags standing upright when we put them on a chair or on the floor. To make sure that they stand upright we might lean them against a wall or a table leg.


The two different surfaces should express their purposes through proportions, placement, context, size, material and accessibility. Moreover the seating should invite for seating, it should radiate stability through its construction, materials, weight, proportions, it should also express an effortless sit & rise.


Illuminate

The purpose of this object is about warmth and presence. It is about creating an object of trust and compassion. In a way, the design of the lamp is just an excuse for a good friend.


The purpose of the light in the entrance is to give warmth and presence.  The light should invite for an interaction and for a space to safely place valuables. It should be the first object you meet thus giving you a warm feeling. It is about interacting with the light source. It is about creating a focus point for you belongings while creating an ambient lightning that signals presence and reassure you with a feeling of being home.

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