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Bucket low Taking the basketball hoop with an iconographical approach, Bucket is a versatile structure – by flipping upside down, it can be used as a stool, a ball storage, and a table base. Having observed people’s subconscious tendency of sitting on balls while resting after the game, the steel-frame was designed to playfully exaggerate this action of taking for granted. When the ball is placed on top, the structure becomes a playful, yet ergonomic stool. Bucket also comes in a taller size for the bar stool, a taller storage, and a taller table base.

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Haptic Intelligentsia Bringing Craftsmanship Into a Computerized Technology HAPTIC INTELLIGENTSIA is a human 3D printing machine that allows the user to tactually perceive the virtual object and to directly transform it into the physical. The user can freely move the extruding gun, which is attached to a haptic interface. When the tip of the gun is moved into a surface region of the virtual object, the interface generates forces under computer control, allowing the user to feel and touch the surface of the object. Without looking at the computer screen, the only way to visualize the virtual object is to pull the trigger and extrude the material along the feedback surface. The results are always unique and different, depending on how each user responds to the machine’s guidance. The sense of touch is no longer present in our current screen-based interface. HAPTIC INTELLIGENTSIA humanizes the 3D printing process, bringing the user a tactile relationship to the virtual object.

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Symbiotic Chair. A chair that requires symbiosis between the user and the object itself. The user must balance with their legs to sit down and the chair is obsolete without the user’s presence. As the user sits down, the weight put on the seat counterbalances directly onto their legs. This mutual dependency allows the user to feel empathy for the chair in a most tangible, physical way.

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Template Ruler. 2012. Laser cut acrylic sheet with UV print, 9 1/2″ x 3 11/16″ (24 x 9.3 cm). edition of 10

With a template ruler, consisting of the Apple Inc. logo in different sizes, I investigate the underlying problem of litigation among global corporations. Nowadays, it is not difficult to read or hear about the exhausting lawsuits between apple and samsung. Filing similar federal complaints in different courts, Apple won the battle in some countries, but lost in others. While many people are busy favoring one company and criticizing its rival, I rather focused on the ambiguity of the current intellectual property system. The template ruler literally manifests an action of copying, showing how easy it appears to infringe on a copyright. Just simply trace a logo on anything that you want to turn into an ‘iAnything’.

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Drink Link Sharing through Tea and Conversation DRINK LINK tea set is an exploration of the way we socialize and share around the table. Inspired by traditional tableware, the sets consist of a teapot connected to its cups literally linking each person to one another. Synthetic rope is wrapped around the vessels and hardened through a heating process, while still maintaining flexibility in the linkages to the cups. This arrangement encourages individuals to stay within a certain distance of one another, sharing in drink and conversation.

Homunculus : A representation of a human being, used to illustrate physiological, psychological, or other abstract human characteristics or functions. Joong Han Lee, founder of Studio Homunculus, is a global nomad. Born and raised in Seoul, he then moved to the US. After living in the Pacific Northwest, he studied Interactive Product Design at Otis College of Art and Design, in Los Angeles, California. He now resides in the Netherlands, where he recently graduated from the Masters in Contextual Design at the Design Academy Eindhoven in 2011. Studio Homunculus reflects human nature, in both the present and the future. The studio takes a human-centered approach to provoke a dialogue related to human behavior, psychology, and technology. Its work ranges from products and spaces to interactive experiences and systems, by questioning the essence of our daily surroundings and their semantics.

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Cutlery design focuses on getting food in bite-sized morsels from the plate to the mouth, but it could do so much more. The project aims to reveal just how much more, stretching the limits of what tableware can do. Focusing on ways of making eating a much richer experience, a series of dozens of different designs has been created, inspired by the phenomenon of synesthesia. This is a neurological condition where stimulus to one sense can affect one or more of the other senses.

An everyday event, ‘taste’ is created as a combination of more than five senses. Tasty formulas with the 5 elements – temperature, color, texture, volume/weight, and form – are applied to design proposal. Via exploring ‘synesthesia’ if we can stretch the borders of what tableware can do, the eating experience can be enriched in multi-cross-wiring ways.

The tableware we use for eating should not just be a tool for placing food in our mouth, but it should become extensions of our body, challenging our senses even in the moment when the food is still on its way to being consumed. Each of designs have been created to stimulate or train different senses – allowing more than just our taste buds to be engaged in the act and enjoyment of eating as sensorial stimuli, therefore it would lead the way of mindful eating which guides to rediscovering a healthy and joyful relationship with food.

The materials in the design currently compose of metal, plastic and ceramics. Each material possesses its natural temperature, which works in harmony with the intent of the design.  From the thickness of the handle to the volume mass of the spoon, it evokes a different effect. Weight distribution changes according to the thickness and the volume affects the sound vibration. Each of these features is subtle but in combination, they harmonize into enhanced tasty effects. As for the specific workings of the features of the design, it could be understood through the elaboration of the five elements – temperature, color, texture, volume/weight and form.

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I have recently started a side project of conceptual pieces, ranging from sculptures to installations. Here is the first of the series called Frames. The piece is composed of a simple white frame and is attached to glass windows of Art Center College of Design without any visible fixtures. Putting a frame on an existing windows has a number of interesting phenomenas.

First of all, it passively lures viewers to look where they normally wouldn't have. Secondly, the frame creates a visual trick in exaggerating depth. I've heard people say, "Wow, it looks three dimensional." Obviously, everything you see is. It also helps start a discussion on the definition of "art". As a designer I have always found the fine lines that surround art interesting. Is framing a beautiful, random, and natural composition of branches art? Numerous people have come to me and said "yes" to to that question. I'm still exploring. - Andrew Kim

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