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ISOKON design classics: HOBBY DONKEY

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QFC & JOHN LEWIS - open plan living: MODULAR family sofa

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PDP 2 - RESEARCH LED - design for living: MEMORY CLOUD smart wearable

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SWOON EDITIONS online retail: WALL LEANING desk

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UMBRA & John Lewis small space living: HOME coat stand


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NARRATIVE & RITUAL - family of 3 objects: MINDFULNESS for soldiers

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NOTTINGHAM LIGHT SHOWstrate collaboration: HOMEWARES lighting

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'MUMPITZ' RESTAURANT: - day & night bistro seating TEATIME AT THE FACTORY

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PERSONAL PROJECTS


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ISOKON design classics: HOBBY DONKEY

Brief: Re-design & re-imagine the iconic Isokon penguin donkey, to fit in with today’s modern society. Considering storage function and its users needs and where it will live within the home. Construct a full scale working prototype using CNC, vacuum forming and lamination manufacturing processes. Materials; 9mm or 12mm ply and 1.5mm aero-ply.

Hobby Donkey

Donkey 3 Designed by the Azumi’s 2003 Donkey 2 Designed by Ernest Race 1963

Original Penguin Donkey by Isokon Designed by Egon Riss 1939

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The Hobby Donkey is a free standing storage unit, uniquely designed for the home hobbyist. Sewing, knitting, quilting, flower arranging and model making to name just a few. The form is in keeping with the iconic form of Isokons original penguin Donkey and its style has been heavily inspired by sewing boxes from the 1950's. Ideally, it's best situated in the living room, though its handle feature and compactness does allow for portability. This is because home hobbies often take place in other rooms such as the bedroom, kitchen, office, conservatory and even the garden. Aimed mainly towards people in early retirement, as they tend to have more time to invest in their hobbies. They are likely to have more disposable income and are therefore more willing to pay a higher price for a good quality piece of furniture, that has been handmade by a well known and respected brand like Isokon Plus. The Hobby Donkey retails at around ÂŁ550.


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Storage Functions The extendible table top feature reveals tray space that is perfect for storing small accessories such as bobbins, threads, sewing needles, pins and other items. It also enables the user to have a work surface and have access to stored items in the tray space within, without having remove the contents already on the tables surface. Small trays or boxes can be inserted, so that the user can transport items to another room they are working in. This flexibility they do not have to take the whole Donkey with them. Central tabs incorporated into the tables surface invite the user to pull the table tops out in the correct position. The Donkey can also be used as a convenient coffee table or side table. Other storage functions of the Donkey include shelving on one side and an open storage compartment on the other for ongoing projects to be neatly stored and protected from being lost or ruined. The various storage compartments make for a great general purpose donkey also. Storing items such as TV remotes, books and laptops.

Research & Inspiration: Sewing box with removable trays & 1950’s sewing boxes.


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Technical Specifications Made from 9mm Birch veneered Plywood and 1.5mm aero-ply. The main body of the donkey is made up of layered sheets of aero-ply, which has been vacuum formed into shape. The table extensions are made from 3mm thick steel.

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QFC & JOHN LEWIS - open plan living: MODULAR family sofa

Brief: Sofa manufacturing company QFC have recognised an evolving trend in the domestic environment, namely that of open plan living. This change in lifestyle presents sofa manufacturers with a challenge. No longer are sofas simply situated with their backs to the wall; they have become more obviously free-standing and can be used to define space, and create zones within a larger space. Design for one of three possible retailers; Ikea, Next and John Lewis. Consider the style and profile of the retailer and the needs of the end user. Present a 1:5 scale model to QFC.

Modular Family Sofa The concept behind the modular family sofa is based around flexibility. Families, young and old have many needs and use a sofa in a variety of different ways. Whether its to watch TV or listen to some music, work on a laptop, read a book, socialise with friends or relatives, or simply sit back and relax, this sofa allows you to simply and easily orientate it to your liking. The sofa sections can be bought separately and a design it yourself option could be made available by John Lewis. Colour, material and style options could be bespoke & customisable by the end user upon purchase. The whole sofa has a projected retail price range between ÂŁ1,500 and ÂŁ3000.


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Family Time As much as we all enjoy family time on the sofa, we don't all want to be doing the same thing at the same time always. Some members of the family may want to watch TV while others prefer to read or work on the laptop. The issue with inflexible sofas is that one persons activity may infringe upon another. It can result in members of the family departing to separate rooms and becoming increasingly unsociable. The idea is that this sofa will allow the family to be together whilst being able to have the flexibility to do as they please without upsetting each other. Creating a more healthy and productive family atmosphere. The bookshelf and block table add a desirable element to the design & the coffee table becomes part of the modular design due to how it integrates with the sofa segments.


Rationale The size and weight of most sofas means that once a sofa is in place within the home, we rarely tend to move it around. It can be restricting when it comes to catering for certain needs. The main family sofa is normally placed in direct view of the TV unless you are fortunate to have a larger space to have a separate seating area for entertaining guests. The design of this sofa enables the user to move and orientate the back rests, arm rests and main cushions freely around the frames tray base without having to necessarily move the whole sofa, in order to cater for their needs. Moving the complete sofa assembly into a different formation has also been made easy by reducing the weight of the sofas frame. Casters with locking wheel nuts would help the sofa move more freely and could be fitted instead of wooden legs. This option would solely be down to the users preference.

Tufting Option

Woven Linen/ Cotton Fabric Soft Foam Cushion with removable Linen Covers Zig Zag Springs Dacron In-lay Hard Foam Mattress Upholstered Wooden Frame


Flexible Function The bookshelf is the same width as the arm rests so that it can be interchanged between the 'Chaise Longue' and the corner piece. The ‘Chaise Longue’ on this sofa can be changed from LHS to RHS by removing the arm rest, bookshelf and block table, shifting the spring mattress and main cushion to the other side of the frame and then reasserting the pieces taken out back in. The 'Chaise Longue' itself has been lengthened so that the arm rest, bookshelf and block table can alternate position to offer even more flexibility and convenience to the user. Spring tensioned metal clips hold the frames firmly together to prevent the sofa from slipping apart when being used. They can easily be removed when the user wishes to change the formation or have the sections separated. The back and side supports attach to the inside of the sofa frames and provides extra support when leaning back against the cushions.


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PDP 2 - RESEARCH LED - design for living: MEMORY CLOUD smart wearable

Brief: Design an object or a series of objects for the individual or the home, that helps improve long term memory and enhance the quality of life for people with Alzheimer’s. Explore the demographic of Alzheimer sufferers. This will include the age group and generation bracket the person with Alzheimer’s belongs to. Consider the style and trends of the market audience. Other disabilities pertaining to old age should be considered when designing for appropriateness and sensibility. The product/object must be designed in accordance with the stage of Alzheimer’s the person is in.

Memory Cloud Do you ever walk into a room and forget why you walked in there in the first place? Maybe you were looking for something or wanting to do something in there. This happens to us all from time to time and can be quite frustrating. For sufferers of Alzheimer’s, this becomes a daily occurrence. Disorganisation and disorientation due to memory problems can have a huge adverse effect on a persons well-being and quality of life and can lead to decreased functioning capability, poor mental health and behavioural problems.

memory cloud say no to a cloudy mind

Memory Cloud is a smart wearable that helps structure an individuals daily routine by reminding them where they should be and what they should be doing at certain time periods throughout the day. This is achieved through colour recognition and association, linking the colour coded reminders on the wearable with colour coded whiteboards that are assigned to each room of the house. As well as an attractive time piece the wearable also features the date and can store up to 6 images which can be accessed by the user to help them remember important memories in their life. Reminders can be set and photos can be uploaded easily via the memory cloud app on your phone or tablet. The concept behind the smart wearable is to help empower an individual to live more independently.


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Research Explicit and implicit long term memory is hugely affected in Alzheimer’s. The aging population has led to a rise in Alzheimer cases and has put great strain on the healthcare system. Research has shown that colour can evoke responses within the brain pertinent to memories. The idea is that the coloured reminders on the watch will create an association in the persons memory which they link to the corresponding colour coded white boards assigned to each room in the home. Overtime the person will become habituated and the colour orientation will be stored within their implicit long term memory as perceptual data. Many Alzheimer products feature elements from an influential era such as the 60’s or 70’s as well as artefacts that are of a personal nature and related to the persons life and past. These are called cues which trigger a response in the persons long term memory. It helps to remind them who they are and creates a context they can use in conversation when recalling previously learnt information. The wearable stores up to 6 images (life memories) via the app, which the user can access and flick through. Apart from the benefits to memory it also personalises the watch and provides comfort to the user.

850,000 People are estimated to be living with dementia in the UK.

23% of people identify dementia as caused by brain disease or degeneration and 46% identified it as memory loss.

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Numbers set to rise to 1,000,000 by 2025 and wil soar to 2 million by 2050


Function: 'Mind, Body & Soul' From observing my own Grandmothers experience of Alzheimer’s I realised that her illness needed to be treated as a whole. I figured that like most problems with the mind, there are three essentials needed to help improve mental conditions, these are: Hygiene, Nutrition and Exercise. Forgetting to wash/shower and neglecting basic hygiene needs will lead to feeling groggy and irritable. Not eating properly or enough leads to malnourishment, weakness and inability to think effectively. Exercise releases endorphins into the body which increases the level of serotonin in the brain. This leads to an increase in brain activity and happiness. These three elements combined will enhance the persons ability to function throughout the day, making dealing with a disease like Alzheimer’s a lot more manageable.

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Doctors appointments Upcoming events - Birthdays, Socials, etc. Medication reminders Shopping List

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Daily Routine: Colour Orientation • Ring around outside of smart screen gently glows during the time period set on the app. • Symbol relating to the room and tasks appears at the top of the smart screen. • Low luminescence. Enough to trigger a response in the user without being irritating. • Small whiteboards with coloured edges are placed on the front of the room door. • Colours on the white boards correspond with the glowing coloured ring and symbol on the smart watch. • Bedroom/Living Room/Hallway do not necessarily need a smart reminder but benefit orientation and act as a static platform for placing to do lists and reminders.


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Battery life lasts for a long time and rarely needs charging. It features a small charging port on the side of the wearable. The smart wearable can be worn as a watch or as pendant/locket.


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SWOON EDITIONS online retail: MAGNUS leaning desk

Brief: The market for furniture has broadened through the growth of e-commerce. Online retail is now big business and provides an easy platform for people to shop on the go or from the comfort of their own home. Design a piece of home office furniture for an online retail furniture brand. Consider the chosen brands aspirations, manufacturing, logistics of sending, materials, price, target market & user needs. Make a 1:5 scale model to represent the final design.

Wall Leaning Desk -minimal workspace for a minimalist home-

Designed with empathy of those who work from home. Predominately this desk targets early up-starters working and living in small, often rented accommodation. The desk fits snugly against the wall and takes up very little space. Light in weight and easily portable, it can be moved around the house to somewhere with better lighting or a better view. Good posture, less clutter, better lighting and environment are all factors that contribute to an increase in well being and productivity. Ultimately this desk achieves a better work/life balance. Handmade and in keeping with the SWOON Edition brand image, the desk retails at around ÂŁ250.


Features Features smooth tapered legs made from walnut that have been carefully designed and tested for stability. The legs are positioned, so as not to impede the users feet and cause a trip hazard. The natural looking wooden desk segment is made from maple. Light in colour, it contrasts beautifully with the rich dark and luxurious walnut legs. The top of the leg assembly has two long recesses that have been designed for all smart phone and tablets to be slotted into, in an upright position. This allows for more work surface to be utilised.


Research & Development The compact surface area has been purposely designed to cater for the bare working necessities. Research revealed that a messy work surface was not due to lack of storage but more to do with working on a larger surface area. Reasons behind this is, if you have a large surface area to work on, you are likely to use it and fill it with unnecessary items. Productivity increases when distractions are removed. The desk can become cluttered and disorganised. Because the desk is fairly large, finding a home for it can be challenging. This often results in the desk being positioned within a room with little light and space. The desk then becomes static and too big to move into a better position. Standing to work is more beneficial to a persons posture and reduces health risks associated with bad posture. To ensure better ergonomics, I measured two candidates standing typing posture. One at 5ft 4 and the other at 6ft 4. 108cm was the average height for standing and typing between both candidates. Its visible to see that neither seem to be in any form of discomfort or are having difficulty using it for its intended purpose. The standing desk also encourages people to take adequate breaks to prevent RSI (repetitive strain injury) from occurring.


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UMBRA & John Lewis small space living: HOME coat stand

Brief: Design a product for small space living as part of a collaboration between UK retail giant John Lewis and Canadian homeware brand Umbra. Identify the brand’s core attributes and aspirations, the target market and user profile, understanding their needs and lifestyle choices. Investigate, identify and highlight the potential areas and usage of the new product, and consider how well suited it is to a specific variety of interior spaces. Consider and identify rational and appropriate use of materials and relevant methods of production, bearing in mind the sensitive price point of your product.

‘HOME’ Coat Stand The Home coat stand has been designed to help busy people save time in what can often be a rushed morning routine. This coat stand keeps all of your daily essentials neat, organised and in one place.

-Everything Needs a Home-

Given a retail budget of between £20 - £80 it was important to reduce the cost of manufacture without compromising on quality. The pole and pegs are made from Ash which is strong, sustainable and cheap to acquire. The shelf and base are made from MDF and have been powder coated white. The umbrella/scarf holder is made from 3mm sheet metal (steel). The HOME coat stand retails at around £75.


Features & Benefits So what makes this coat stand different from any other? Firstly, this coat stand includes a handy shelf to place a wallet and keys on, something rarely seen on other coat stands. The pegs are arranged in a spiral descending downwards. Larger pegs for coats and smaller pegs for hand bags. The spiral design increases the number of coats it can hold as well as making each coat easily accessible. The shelf and umbrella/scarf holder can be re - positioned to suit the users preference. This is made possible as the pole has been designed to unscrew into 4 segments. It also makes for ease of assembly as well as making it portable and easy to transport. Ideal for the target market which are students and young professionals living in small, rented, often temporary accommodation. Preferably the coat stand will live by the front door, so that the user can simply grab their things as they leave.


Research & Development Based on own observations of where I live, a small 1 bed flat with no where to put my things I needed for the day, I found myself using what was already around me to store my daily items. After discovering that I was losing precious time in the morning, simply because I was spending much of that time trying to find and gather up things needed for the day, I was inspired to design a versatile coat stand to keep coats, scarves, umbrellas, shoes, bag, keys, wallet and so on, together and in one place.


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UPCYCLING everyday discarded items: der RUHRGEBIET STÜHL

Brief: Transforming everyday discarded products into something new. Tasked with exploring the things we throw away daily and how we can re-use the material we consider to be waste. Experiment with various craft techniques, such as bending, moulding, etching, punching, cutting and denting. Consider the differences between up-cycling and re-cycling and design accordingly.

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Ruhrgebiet Stuhl Beneath the ashes of a dying industry, deep in the heart of North West Germany, ‘Ruhrgebiet Stuhl’ pays homage to the areas industrial past. From the derelict empty mine shafts and abandoned machinery, life continues to burst through the rusty cracks of an industrial era that once provided power on an epic scale. The Chair represents a true reflection of the Ruhrgebiets identity. It bares nuances of the coal miners & steel workers through to the structures that bore the intensity of hard labour.


Rationale Designed to be a feature chair for relaxing and reading. The form has been influenced by Hardoy’s Butterfly chair and the cantilever style technique. The chairs back rest rises high and is symbolic of the vast chimneys that dominate the Ruhrgebiets horizon. The patchwork denim pattern was inspired by the steel construction of the factories and the many steel framed sculptures that scatter the area today. The denim itself symbolises the material past workers used for their work gear and the high-vis represents the increase in safety within the work place environment. A far cry from the dangerous conditions the workers were subjected to in the past. The seat cover is held in place by the buckle and button sections that I salvaged from the Denim trousers I used for the patchwork. I kept as much of the trousers features as possible, such as seams and rivets to show it had been up-cycled. The lamp was made from an old miners helmet, which I cut in half. Designed to be used as a reading lamp. The snake neck of the lamp can be easily adjusted and the clip of the light can be attached to the chairs frame and re-positioned to suit the readers preference.


Construction The chairs frame is constructed from scrap, 3/4� steel water piping, typically used throughout the factories. The pipe needed to be filled with sand first before heating with a blow torch. This prevented kinks occurring in the bends. Kinks will weaken the metal upon cooling so it was essential to spread the heat evenly and hand bend the pipe slowly. Extra supports were welded to the chairs frame to further strengthen the frames structure. The steel pipe has been sprayed copper as water pipes are generally made from this material due to its malleable and thermal properties. The seat cover was sewn together in sections and sewn inside out to leave a neat seam on the visible side. The buckle attachments were placed along the edges between the two covers when sewing the sections together. The bottom section was left un-sewn so that the whole seat cover could be turned back out the right way. Padding was inserted to increase strength and comfort and then sewn to the cover. The bottom section was sewn by hand to leave a neat finish.


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NARRATIVE & RITUAL - family of 3 objects: MINDFULNESS for soldiers

Brief: Develop a family of at least 3 objects. One manufactured from a casting or mould technique/process, one from timber and the other from a process of our choice. The set of objects must be symbolic to the narrative of choice and be linked conceptually through the chosen ritual.

Narrative ‘After a long day of marching and carrying a heavy load on exercise, we like nothing more than to rest, get out our Hexi cookers and brew up. Mess tins at the ready and with a sigh of relief we patiently wait for the water to boil. We share a joke among us and squeeze a laugh no matter how bad the weather conditions are or the arduous situation we are in. When that hot brew is in our hands and the moral is high it matters not what tomorrow may bring. As the night draws in and with our bellies full, we sit content in the comfort of our shell scrape. I look around to see battle hardened men, my friends with wild staring expressions, glaring, mesmerised by the continuing burning of the Hexi flame’. Little did we know at the time that we were actually practising the core elements of mindfulness. Content in the now without dwelling on the past or worrying about the future. Living in the moment.


Ritual The 3 objects aim is to introduce mindfulness to soldiers and veterans, battling with PTSD, and to encourage them to incorporate mindfulness into their daily routine, in a way they can relate. Based on research and my own military experience the idea and thinking behind this concept is that it should evoke a reminiscing sense of relaxation, peace and tranquillity soldiers experience during those mindful moments I mentioned in the narrative. The objects have been styled to mimic an Army issued canteen and cup, which are an important part of a soldiers domestic routine when on training exercises and on operational tours of duty. It is used to store water, brew up, cook and wash with. As a symbolic reference to the original canteen, I thought it pertinent to use the same form. A tribute or reference to what kept us in physical shape, will now be used as a tool to help a soldier/veteran suffering with PTSD &/ or other mental health issues, stay in good mental shape. By using these 3 objects daily, the soldier/veteran will hopefully embrace mindfulness into their daily lives, so that eventually it becomes a ritual that helps ease their symptoms of PTSD.

Detail: I decided to re-create the embossed NATO markings of the army canteen cup. It adds to the sense of touch in the mindful exercises and gives the narrative an identity.

Mindfulness Exercises: 1. Mindful with tea (use phone stand for guided meditation) - Sense based mindfulness (listening, observing, touching/feeling, tasting and smelling). Being in the moment. 2.

Mindful with music

- General relaxation. Works in conjunction with the other two objects and mindfulness exercises. 3. Mindful with a burning flame - Focus based mindfulness. Reminiscent of the military exercise experience of staring into the large flame protruding from the Hexi-stove.


Research Mental health issues within the Army are prevalent. Although there is more access to treatment, there is still a huge stigmatisation by many that its a sign of weakness and instability. As somebody who has battled with PTSD, after a 7 month tour of duty in Afghanistan, I know too well what many Soldiers are going through. People react to trauma in different ways and sadly I lost a good friend who committed suicide because he just couldn’t leave the war behind. After seeking medical help I was introduced to mindfulness which has helped me take back control of my life. A form of meditation that trains you to live in the now by focusing on your surroundings via the senses. Mindfulness relaxes those anxious & distressing thoughts, improving your overall mental well-being and quality of life. I was inspired to make the cup without handles after an experience I had at Lake Geneva. I stayed in a log cabin in the mountains over looking the lake. In the morning the host offered me coffee in a bowl. At first I thought how strange but I thought I would give it a go. I remember the warmth of the bowl in my hands on what was a chilly and frosty morning and the sheer aroma that expelled from the coffee as I drank. The idea behind the flame is based on the Hexi - Stove we used to cook our meals when on exercise or on operation. We used to find ourselves staring at the flame as though we were watching TV. It was nicknamed Hexi TV. Our relationship with fire stems back to early humans and puts us back in touch with our basic instincts. It is an effective tool for mindfulness as it ditracts your mind from daily worries and stresses. Staring at a flame is also a form of Hindu meditation and is meant to enhance focus and concentration.


Symbolic Narrative The complete assembly represents the soldier at his finest. The sturdy and steadfast concrete Hexi candle acts as the bodies foundation that symbolises toughness and strength. It can withstand a lot of heat and heavy knocks but is not impenetrable and can crumble overtime. The ceramic cup symbolises the fragile exterior of the body and the first line of defence. It is clean, honest and untarnished. Majestically it stands out, proudly prominent upon its concrete fortress. The cork phone stand joins the concrete Hexi candle and ceramic cup together. It protects the fragile cup, cushioning it from scratching and chipping. It keeps the assembly from falling apart. Stable, rigid and together in body, spirit and mind, the epitome `of a perfect soldier. Alongside the assembly lies the distorted cup and broken fragments. The internal strength of the concrete has all but crumbled away exposing a deteriorated and withered face of the distorted ceramic cup. Despite its awkward exterior and imperfections it is capable of holding a hot cup of tea. It symbolises how mental health is the unseen enemy and invisible to the outside world. Though the individual looks tired, unkempt and weak they are still burdened and will be used to the point of breaking, unless they speak up. The distorted cup is a reminder that before you break you must confront your issues and seek help, before its too late. The broken fragments are a reminder that mental health issues should never get that far.


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NOTTINGHAM LIGHT SHOWstrate collaboration: HOMEWARES lighting

Brief: Through the process of cutting, tearing, bending and folding, design a series of lights for small scale, batch production for the homewares market. Manufacturing options, limited to CNC, laser cutting, 3d printing and water jet cutting. 3 day project.

Homewares Lighting As part of a collaboration with Strate Design School during a course trip to Paris a select few of us were tasked with designing lighting for the Sense of Sight Exhibition held at Nottingham Trent University. Part of Nottingham Light Night 2018. Using paper for the ideation phase we discovered how the layering of the paper created a really nice purple effect. The contrast of various shades of purple worked very well and we decided to create mood lighting to go in a kitchen/dining room environment. Ideally the lights would hang in a set of 3 or 4 over a kitchen counter top or dining table. The final light shade was made from polypropylene, which wraps around itself and is held in place with a 2 pronged frame made from ash that slots in between the bayonet of the light socket. This simple method of assembly makes it easy for the user to assemble and replace parts cheaply and efficiently. CNC & laser cutting were used in the manufacturing process. The lights retail at around ÂŁ15 per light.


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'MUMPITZ' RESTAURANT: - day & night bistro seating TEATIME AT THE FACTORY

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Tea Time at the Factory Teatime at the Factory is a conceptual idea for a bistro seating area. Commissioned by a restaurant called ‘Mumpitz’, near to where I live in Germany. It has been designed to be suitable for Cafe seating during the day and for when the bar opens in the evening. I go to ‘Mumpitz’ often with my Fiancé and friends and we are friendly with the owner. They were revamping their social lounge and asked me to come up with a concept. I had a lot of industrial scrap left over from the up-cycling project I did for University so I decided to play around with a few ideas. I spoke to the owner and she was quite keen on the industrial look. The restaurant is not far from the Ruhrgebiet area, so I thought it would be quite fitting to use it as my inspiration.


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PERSONAL PROJECTS

About: The following projects were items of furniture I made for my apartment as my FiancÊ and I couldn’t afford to buy brand new furniture. This is where my interest in furniture design started to take root and where I fell in love with making.

Home Projects The night stand has been made from a single Euro pallet. I decided to set myself a challenge to see if I could up-cycle every part of a Euro pallet to create something functional for my apartment. The night stand is held together with the nails from the pallet itself. The shelving unit has been made from recycled floor boards and has a convenient drawer at the bottom. As a follow up to the night stand I thought it would be cool to have a matching side table for the hallway. It took 3 pallets to make it at a time when pallet furniture was beginning to trend.


Profile After 8 years serving in the British Army as a weapons Engineer my career as a soldier sadly came to an end due to injury. This however opened up a new, exciting and at times challenging door of opportunity, for a fulfilling and rewarding new career in design. Post Army, I settled down with my fiancĂŠ in Germany and spent 3 years as a teacher of business and engineering English. Together we set up a little online business selling wooden accessories. My passion for design began whilst renovating old pieces of furniture for our apartment. I became fascinated by up-cycling and built pieces from old items and scrap material in my workshop at home. I enjoy being active and love an adventure. A huge fan of nature, I enjoy the outdoors and the peace and tranquillity of the countryside. I take lots of inspiration from my life experiences and because of my engineering background, I have a pragmatic approach to design. I particularly thrive when searching for innovative and practical solutions to problems and always determine the functionality of what I design before exploring form.


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Robert Charles Keith - 2nd Year Design Portfolio  

(BA) Furniture & Product Design - Nottingham Trent University

Robert Charles Keith - 2nd Year Design Portfolio  

(BA) Furniture & Product Design - Nottingham Trent University

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