“The Floating Mug” designed byTigere Chiriga is a practical design that solves a common issue many coffee lovers face. What appears to be a normal coffee mug is made unique by the handle which extends down past the height of the mug and connects to a coaster which the mug hovers above. The design appears trendy and chic with a fully white canvas, and the focus is pointed towards the unique shape of the design as opposed to including other distracting elements as bright colours. “The Floating Mug” is composed of simple curves and circular shapes that comes together to produce a practical object. The mug is of an average drinking size. The mug is simple in its design, however is still able to solve a common problem associated with mugs, which is leaving coffee . This means that the design is very successful, as problem solving is the purpose of design.
These Snow globe salt and pepper shakers, designed by unknown, are a novel take on the traditional salt and pepper shaker. A circular wooden base forms the bottom of this design, from which stems a glass sphere which encases a wooden bear surrounded in pepper/salt. The use of these natural materials and colours give the design a calm and soothing impression. These salt and peppers shakers are composed of round, circular lines and shapes that contribute to the relaxed aesthetic. This design is not only suited towards a practical purpose, but serve as pieces of art for a shelf or bench due to the beauty of the simplicity of this design. This design serves to satisfy its user both aesthetically and practically. This particular design does not seem to offer anything particularly unique about the delivery of its purpose of seasoning food. However it does achieve this goal in a more pleasing to the eye way.
Lamp by John Procario is a design that examines the connection and similarities between wood and the bones and muscles of our own bodies. The concept of flexbility and strain are examined in this piece. This is conveyed by the unqiue shapes the wood and light contort to form. In this design two pieces of wood contort around each other, one side of the beam being a strip of warm light. With this design the focus seems to be on the form rather than the function, as the large size and unusual shape of this lamp make it appear very impractical for everyday use in a average household. However this piece seems to be well suited to serve as a piece of art or decoration in a more high class area. The shape of this design is very fluid, consisting of unsymmetrical curves that balance each other out well.
Bamboo Toaster by James Stumpf is a design that focuses on unusual materials and a sustainable approach. A piece of bamboo curves in a rhobmus shape with rounded corners. Two slits are left open at the top of the design where a glass sleeves descends. Three red heating lines rae left To be cont.
The Spring Watering Can designed by Robert Bronwasser is a unique take on a common household item.
The overall design is small in scale, however has a wide base that smoothly tapers inwards before stemming into two slim spouts, of the purpose to serve as a spout and hand grip to water plants with. The design is asymmetrical however still communicates a well balanced and composed form. The design is simplistic and minimalistic in its nature, and this combined with the cool colours leaves a calm and quaint impression. The watering can appears to be constructed from a type of plastic, this helps the design appear gentle and perhaps appropriately suited towards use in a smaller, less intense garden. This watering can appears to be ergonomically friendly by its light appearance and firm handles as well as being practically useful for its intended purpose of watering plants.
The Hot Beerta Kettle designed by Philippe Starck is a stark contrast to the usual kettle that could be found in most homes. In this design a asymmetrical silver cone leans on an angle as a thick green tube appears to spear itself through the top. Despite its asymmetrical design the kettle still appears to be aesthetically pleasing through the balance of the weight and length of the different elements. The simplicity of the two elements and the use of only two colours gives this design a minimalistic appeal. The motivation of the designer seems to place form over function as the practicality of this kettle is questionable.
The Juicy Salif designed by Philippe Starck is a lemon juicer that is alien in is appearance. In this design a tripod of silver curved rods support a silver cone with a bulbous top with the purpose of squeezing juice from fruits. The design is well balanced and pleasing to the eye due to the symmetry. The design consists of one material and colour, chrome metal. The simplicity of the single use of metallic colour and material gives a modern appeal to the object. Similar to the previous design, this objects design places more value on form over function as is clear by the impracticality of the object, as it would only serve to complicate and provide more mess than a regular lemon juicer.
The Embryo Chair designed by Marc Newson is a original design that is pleasing both to the eye and its functionality and comfort.
A seat shape resembling an embryo is balanced on top of two angled steel rods. The design comprises of very fluid, smooth and curved shapes and lines. The chair pattern is houndstooth, which gives it an elegant flair reminiscent of high fashion trends. The chair appears to be ergonomically friendly to its users due to the curves which follow the slouch of a relaxed person that make up the core of the design. The design of this chair is simplistic in its nature however compared to the previous designs analysed shows more complexity in both the pattern and the unique shape. This chair seems more suited to a leisurely and laid back setting, perfect for relaxing and casual comfort.