The Concrete Cities project presents a series of contemporary design souvenirs for the modern traveler and the city lover, in the form of concrete coasters. The city center's map relief appears on the surface of a set of four or six concrete coasters (fragments), forming a puzzle, which can also be used as a pot holder, a wall piece or press-papier. This contemporary souvenir diverges from its traditional ancestors, and becomes a design everyday-use object, decorative yet functional, allowing the user to recall memories of his favorite cities, while enjoying a cup of coffee.
The a-maze knife block design aims to stimulate our mental and visual senses equally. The way it stores and organizes knives is uniquely inspired by the childhood game that all of us are familiar with. Merging aesthetics and functionality together perfectly to serve its purpose, a-maze more importantly builds a connection with us that evokes emotions of curiosity and fun. Pure in its form a-maze lets us revel in its simplicity that does so much more with less. It’s because of this that a-maze makes for an authentic product innovation with an unforgettable user experience and a look to match.
The Branche teapot has a smooth, contemporary design accentuating the soothing, calming aspects of tea drinking. A sleek, lifeless tree and branches were the visual inspirations for this piece as they embody the serene aspects of the tea drinking experience. Branche was created to emphasize the primitive behavior of using something without a handle. The most challenging aspect of this project was to design a tea pot which met the desired parameters of being contemporary, sleek, safe and able to be used with one hand, right or left.
The MiPan is designed to absorb the fat and liquid by-products of the cooking process and hold them within a cavity preventing unpleasant spitting and the associated mess. This efficient removal of excess fat and liquid creates leaner food cooked at lower temperatures. The reduction in cooking temperature means a reduction in carcinogens produced by pyrolysis. Finally the MiPan promotes the Maillard reaction as the removal of water facilitates the recombination of sugars and amino acids to form new flavour compounds.
Epi-Happy is a small centerpiece for the office desks and dinner tables of tomorrow. The inspirational background -a translation in three dimensional space of ornamental motifs- makes it a classic yet a contemporary stylish object. A triple repetition of a basic unit creates a continuous storage area that can store or display several small objects. The continuity of space also helps it act as a cable holder, or it can be instantly transformed into an anti-stress device as well. Just throw a ball and try to roll it around. In every aspect, Epi-Happy is a friendly space occupant.
The Contra vessels are a collection of pieces that showcase the combination of two differing ideas through materials. Whether it be the idea of indoors and outdoors, hot and cold or dark and light. The vessels bring together these differences in a developed and formulated outcome.