Object Design & Still lifes - Paris - Low-tech minimalism
Materials: Glass & Mycelium
The vases ‘Play’ are composed from a variety of geometric perforated Mycelium blocks that can be assembled with cylindrical glasses of different heights.
The Mycelium structures are grown from hemp and colored cotton scraps in simple moulds, creating a terrazzo-like finish. The growing process can take up to three weeks, developing each time a unique result.
The compositions of the different elements (Mycelium shapes and glass cylinders) offer an interactive, open-ended design experience, allowing to compose a wide assortment of totem vases.
The juxtaposition of two materials, each sustainable for its own reasons, plays with its contrasting textures and properties. Glass, a “man-made” material, smooth and transparent, fragile, waterproof, long-lasting and eternally recyclable. On the other hand Mycelium, a “grown”, composite material, unevenly textured, lightweight, isolating and biodegradable. Each material has its role and function. While the glass provides durability and keep the water and flowers in place, the Mycelium is adding protection and stability and allows modifying the vases’ shapes.
Furthermore, the vases ‘Play’ aim to open a discussion on use, function and the life cycle of materials and products, and challenge the questions: What is a sustainable material? And What are the criteria and contexts that make a material sustainable or not?
Mycelium (vegetative part of mushrooms) can be cultivated on discarded organic matter, acting like a natural glue holding the substrate together. Removed from the mould and dried, Mycelium has some incredible material characteristics and the potential to replace existing harmful materials used in design.
The Saturne lights go in line with the designer's low-tech and minimalist design approach and reflect elements of the Wabi Sabi ideology, such as the celebration of simplicity and handmade imperfection.
Minimal construction enables the lights to be manufactured locally, which again allows producing small batches and custom orders and finally support local craftsmanship.
The structure are extruded and connected circles made from steel ribbons and the tightly wrapped twines turn them into interleaved cylinders.
They are made out of only two materials in order to be easily disassembled and recycled at the end of their hopefully long lifespan.
Limited series of portable magazine holders created exclusively for Galerie Marcel by.
Geometrical shapes with chamfered corners are complemented by hand wrapped twine that creates the handles and protects the metal structure from friction on the bottom.
Small batches and local production lend themselves for customization, allowing the client to select from three different shapes and several finishings. Each magazine holder is handcrafted in Paris and comes with a certificate and serial number.
steel, black paint, yarn
30cm x 30cm maximal hight 27cm
The candleholders ‘Labyrinthe‘ are intended to inspire their users to interact with them, as well as to increase awareness about the value of craftsmanship.
Each of the three candleholders can be used separately or combined as a set in a variety of ways. The design is open ended and the final composition left up to the user.
The pieces are made from bent and soldered steel barres. The color accents are achieved by yarn of different hues, hand wrapped around the rods.
The candleholders ‘Labyrinthe’ are entirely fabricated by hand in Paris, France.
Ad-Hoc is a tabletop game with a simple goal; to build. Segmented plastic water bottles support and connect rounded forms of cork and together act as building blocks. The cork is painted to resemble marble, creating a contrast in materials encouraging the user to consider what determines value in our daily lives.
The possibilities are open-ended and the objective is to use the supplied and found objects to build the tallest, most intricate tower possible.
Nomad is a portable herb planter in the form of folded fabric. The design is adaptable to a variety of environments with limited space for plants. It can hang from a rope, sit on the coffee table, be transported to the window for more sunlight or the user may choose to only plant one side and hang it on the wall to create a vertical garden. The open ended design leaves the placement up to the user. The form is made out of a fabric rectangle, folded into a double sided pot and stamped with an eyelet. There is a gap between the two layers allowing the soil to breathe and drain.
The design is reduced to its essential structural elements creating an efficient manufacturing process that all takes place in New York City.
It is made from scrap boat sails and boat covers. The materials are locally sourced from the post production waste of sailmakers in the Bronx.
Nomad is shipped flat-packed.
The project is an attempt to reconnect with the culture of growing and cooking at home in an urban environment where busy lifestyles and easy access to take-out create a disconnect between a meal and where it comes from.
This project is supported by the James Dyson Foundation Design Fund.
Book/Shop Milan 2015
2014 / 2015
plywood, iron tubes, plexi, craft paper, books
Book/Shop was conceived for the exhibition “Rethink the Modular” sponsored by USM at Salone dei Tessuti during Milan Design Week 2015
Language and writing can also be understood as modular systems: systems that we use in extremely variable ways, even virtuosically, and that in their structure offer endless combinatory possibilities. The book with chapters, words, sentences, and letters, materializes the invisible structure of language and makes information storable and communicable.
‘Reading units’ are like an essay in material form, a poetic description for the transformation of the textual information of a book into a living network of shared thoughts.
Team: Elmar Fujita, Kelsey Marie White, Miriam Josi, Stella Lee Prowse, Mike Lee, Benjamin Billick, Zachary Todd Barr, Molly Page.
4" x 6" flat packed kit, four brass patches, selection of threads
HOC 45° is a simple system of decorative protection that can be applied by the users themselves to a bag or a garment where it is most exposed and by doing so extend its lifespan.
The triangular patches are modular and bendable to fit the desired shape. The users have infinite options to attach the pieces by creating their own patterns and details.
HOC 45° is an answer to planned obsolescence, it involves the consumer physically and creatively, celebrates craft and longevity, and transforms a boring or worn out bag into a more personal and durable one.
This project is supported by the James Dyson Foundation Design Fund
The triangular patches are modular and bendable to fit the desired shape.
The consumers have infinite options to attach the pieces by creating their own patterns or stitching their initials.
rhodium plated silver, enamel
Prehistoric collection for Hellenic Museum Store (later Hellenis Jewelry) in New York City
The series of necklaces is inspired in prehistoric cycladic and cypriote figures. All pendants are double sided, one side white one black, and can be worn on either side. The chain adjusts in two different lengths, on the end hangs the mimi vert eye charm.
Choose your color combination and shape in the Shop
Jeanne D'Arc for Mimi Vert
gold or ruthenium-plated silver, enamel
examples out of Jeanne d’Arc, a medieval inspired jewelry collection for jewelry line Mimi Vert
The pieces of this jewelry collection are based on medieval shapes. Crests, crowns or fleur de lys are simplified and translated into contemporary forms. The collection has a series of versatile necklaces and rings, that can be worn as pendants and vice versa. As the name suggests collection is meant to honor Joan of Arc, one among the strongest and most captivating women in history.
ring pendants in gold-plated silver with pink and black enamel
ring in black silver with grey and black enamel
crest pendant in gold-plated silver with pink and black enamel
double sided ring in gold-plated silver with pink and black enamel
mens pendant and rings in black silver with pink and black enamel
The inspiration for this light fixture were the compound eyes of the praying mantis.
I was intrigued by the way it creates an illusional pupil to the spectator. It appears as dark spot moving across the compound eye. When we look at the ommatidia along their optical axes they absorb the incident light. The “pseudopupil” reveals the ommatidia that are aligned with the angle from which the observer is viewing.
With this project my goal was to recreate this visual effect in an everyday object.
Assembly process: The triangular wood parts have slots along their edges, which allows the rolled up vellum pieces to be pushed in and connect to each other with no adhesives. The sphere builds itself.
Ommatidia are the units that together form the compound eyes of insects.
Known as permeable to water, thread as a material choice for a vase, may seem confusing. Combined with a thin layer of vacuum formed PVC in the inside I created a functional vase with a trompe l'œil effect.
vacuum formed PVC, thread. 8 x 20 cm
2D to 3D explorations
This set of rings is the result of a quick exploration study on how to turn a flat sheet of brass into three dimensional pieces of jewelry.
I used a simple bending and folding technique that requires just minimal heat. The two cuts on each side of the sheet allow the ring to be formed and stabilized without soldering.
Some examples of the Eye Collection for jewelry line Mimi Vert.