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“rounded” notanother flippingsofa

Marc. tyrone-chan

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Q Special thanks to the rest of my class of 2013 Kingston Product and Furniture young designers, Phil Davies, Jon Harrison, Richard Shed, Pascal Anson and my friends and family that has made it all possible.. xx. <

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Preface. Hi,

“rounded” is a curated copy of my portfolio and represents me as a designer through the colour choices, graphics and photography. It showcases my pragmatic approach to product design and my attention to detail. As a designer I believe that I am well “rounded” and

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the name also suggests something very playful which is reflected in my work. I feel that a playful character helps a product and the user strike a relationship at first sight. Well... first impressions... always last!

Best, Tyrone tyrone-chan.com A NICE BLEND -itstyronechan.tumblr.com tyechan@gmail.com +44 (0) 7502037629

PS. Enjoy <


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MooVee.

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9 The project was to improve the experience of the

as your flask and saves you washing one more thing when

journey to work and I felt a healthy breakfast played a huge

youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in a rush to leave the house. Also with just one

part in this. So after research realised that the most optimal

setting it becomes an appliance that is less intimidating to

time to consume fruit is first thing in the morning. Only

the average user and also encourages people to commit

40% of the 20 people I interviewed, ate breakfast everyday

to the lifestyle - instead of gathering dust in the back of a

for the past 30 days and all of them claimed to want to

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have a change in to a healthier lifestyle.

The concept is a simplified blender just for making smoothies for you to take on the go. The blender also serves


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(at) new balance milbank tower project

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flipping sofa

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flipping sofa

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with Aaron Dunkerton & Minjae Kim


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We visited the New Balance factory in Flimby, Cumbria. We

into producing a pair of trainers. Also we learnt about the values of New Balance as a world-wide company in order to celebrate all their achievements within our design.

(Photographer: Minjae Kim)

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experienced first-hand the attention to detail that goes


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Braiding a handle with New Balance laces with Clea Jensch and Min Jae Kim. During the project, we had a very hands on approach to each individual process. It was essential to us to have

â&#x20AC;&#x153;a sensitive attention to detail that the workers at Flimby Factory had for making the New Balance trainers.â&#x20AC;? We researched into many of the details that entailed with creating a sofa. From the existing sofa that we were converting, we braced the structure in order to change the seating position and location of the springs. Also choosing the correct type of foam was essential for comfort.

From the extensive samples of New Balance that we received, we also had to select different performing materials to suit the purpose.


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17 (Photographer: Minjae Kim)


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We originally came up with the

intuitive that the sofa would be flipping

lowered the casual side to create a

idea of a flipping sofa because we felt

over. This was mainly because we felt,

more slouched seating position.

that the sofa was a very static object

this has never been done before and

and almost contradicts New Balanceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

people arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t used to the sofa being

Also our fabric choices reflected

image of a sporting brand. Also, after

able to be moved in such a fashion.

the versatility of the colour schemes

flipping the sofa, we realised aside

By making it as apparent as possible,

that New Balance develop, as we used

from a different seat height, the arm

it helps the user feel more confident to

two contrasting fabrics yet they blend

rest also became a wing that offered

do so and explore the sofa.

together. <

some privacy. Aside After these early realisations it

from

the

functioning

hardware, by flipping the sofa we realised

we could really push our

would be the direction we would

understanding of ergonomics and

take. We all felt it was crucial to get

explore different avenues to create a

the language of each component of

more traditional / formal sofa against

the sofa correct so that it would be

a more casual and laidback side. We

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became very apparent to us that this

(Photographer: Reiji Yamazaki)


#CASUAL SEATING

FORMAL SEATING.


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Our “Not Another Flipping Sofa” in the New Balance Experience Centre. (Credits: Optink)


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21 New Balance Experience Centre.in the Millbank Tower. (Credits: Optink)


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#notan flippin


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nother ngsofa SEARCH: “New Balance London Experience Center”


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27 “hooked up”, a polypropylene molded chair concept with a beech feature at the back to allow the user to hang their bags and coats. Inspired by Clea Jensch’s experimentation with the notion

Throughout the entire design I’ve tried to use as little

of hanging items from the back of chairs, from developing

parts as possible and keep the design as honest as possible to

the simple form of a classroom chair this design was created.

the material’s properties. The beech panel at the back acting as hooks for clothing, accessories, bags is in a contrasting

The seating plastic shell hides small visual cues into

material towards the rest of the chair just to add more

enticing the user to interact with the chair. Such cues as

warmth to the design. Also the pleasing tactile aesthetics of

dips and curves to allow the user handles to push/pull/

beech helps convey the idea of inviting the user to actually

lift the chair. The steel flattened piping frame on either side

use the feature at the back. This felt like something very

are made of one piece - eliminating the need for joinery

important as it’s not a common feature to have and by the

methods.

use of materials and design will make it more intuitive for the user. <


“hey mum, hey mum, measure how tall I am! ...i’ve grown again!!!”...

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Marc.

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4. 3. 2. 1.

r e t ig h t e n beech hook measure height.

Turn beech hook to loosen coat hook

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slide up & down


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The hooks were turned out of beech and finished in

down so that when a bag is hung on it will slide to the

Osmo oil to allow for a natural yet durable and water

end, freeing up space to hang a jacket on the front of

resistant finish to the wood.

the hook.

The oversized hooks allow the user to hang multiple items on the same hook but also prevent damaging clothes due to itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s large surface area The shape tapers


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33 798 Art centre, beijing.


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AtelierC+ offices in Sanlitun, Beijing


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atelierc+ is an interior and architecture firm based out of Hong Kong. Their Beijing offices had just started in 2011 when I was their first intern and only employee during my two months stay there.

I was involved in two projects during my stay which involved a refurbishment of a high-end development in the heart of Beijing and a construction of a new bar within a shopping centre also in the centre of Beijing

internship at atelierc+ beijing


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The Gramercy, Shop 119, U-Town, Beijing. (Credits: ADStyles)


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37 The Gramercy, company logo designed by Patrick Yip & Tyrone Chan.


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Portion of research and paper-work that went into planning for the flat.

Patrick Yip, the owner of the bar

to highlight the â&#x20AC;&#x153;yâ&#x20AC;? due to the shape

drawings and colour renders of the

and also one of the owners of the firm

looking like a wine glass yet keep it

flat to present to the client.

I was interning in, really enjoyed the

quite subtle. So made many variations

aesthetics of the design at Gramercy

of the design and colour choices to

in New York hence the name of the

show this.

bar.

Also in the living room, a partition had to be made to separate the dining room from the rest of the space to

in a brand new

give some more privacy. Yet the area

He wanted the logo of the place to

development and being completely

This flat was

was actually quite small so in the end

reflect this and set that as my brief

refurbrished. The client gave us a lot

decided on a pattern which I designed

for the logo. When developing the

of freedom in the layout of the flat but

and it would be cut out from a sheet of

logo I wanted to ensure that the font

was rather adamant on the materials

brass and mounted on rollers to give a

choice would be modern yet still

and some of the furniture choices. I

more flexible division of space. <

have a classical twist to it. I wanted

was in charge of drawing all the layout


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The Interactive DAB Radio

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Deconstructing many old electronic devices which uses

After taking apart a CD player, FM radio and a boom

many components that are moved mechanically. It showed

box - many of the components were very helpful in

that some very intricate mechanical movements, such as

understanding how electronics are put together since they

cassette player (left) is completely viable to be manufactured

are built to not be taken apart.

at low consumer level prices. Also the difference between an older radio and a It became apparent that in the place of many of the

DAB radio was very interesting. The DAB radio was very

mechanical moving parts in electronics, modern day

minimal in components and mainly just two circuit boards

products rely much more on the circuit board of the product

which controlled everything and no moving parts housed

rather than the interaction we have with the product. When

internally. Everything seemed very efficiently assembled

opening up all these different generations of electronics

and tidily packaged.

it becomes very interesting, that many very beautiful mechanisms arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t celebrated more, instead hid in black plastic boxes.

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The idea of a needle moving along the radio to choose the station is such an icon for a radio that it should be celebrated. With the fact that 69% of consumers only listening to 1-2 stations, it made sense to have a way of physically setting presets for stations.

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By putting a cork top and a couple of push pins it suddenly came together that the pins would preset two stations and stop the needle from moving in both directions. The simplicity of the idea and using language that is already in the userâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s everyday life made it very accessible and understandable.


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The tuning needle has become synonymous with how the user would tune their FM radio. It also becomes an ideal replacement for a screen that relays the same information in a physical and more tangible manner.


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Inside view of tuning mechanism.

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preferable listening angle.

The speaker holes and the volume control dial are the

The structure that supports the tuning mechanism

same diameter and aligned together to make sure the user

is designed so that there arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t any over hangs in each

knows without any graphics which dial is for which. The

component so that if injection molded, the design is

speaker holes are dipped to further the connection to the

plausible.

user without using extra colours or icons. The tuning needle has a small triangular mark to mark The chamfer at the bottom of the radio was to created break up the flat surface and create two planes on the front surface to make the radio more aesthetically pleasing but also helps highlight the design of the angled front.

The angled front makes it much easier to interact with the dials and allows the speaker to be mounted at more

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A short project on creating a piece of furniture using a CNC cutter. I chose to create a flat packed coffee table which featured a slot in middle as a magazine holder and a feature that related to the process.

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| itstyronechan. tumblr.com

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| www. tyrone-chan.com I am a newly graduated product designer from Kingston University (BA hons). I have a keen obsession for keeping in touch with the latest trends in all facets of design. From my background as a fine artist from an early age, I have always been very interested in items which are stimulating to the viewer. After my foundation course at Central Saint Martins, I grew a strong passion for product design. I felt it provided a practical avenue for my designs and fulfilled my curiosity for acquiring new skills.

2009 Foundation in Art and Design at Central Saint Martins

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2010 Product and Furniture Design (BA) at Kingston University 2009 Graphic Design for Kely Support Group (Hong Kong) 2010 Intern designer at Molder (Hong Kong) 2011 Intern designer at AtelierC+ (Beijing)

Clients: Molder (HK) Kely Support Group ( HK) West Island School (HK) New Balance (UK) AtelierC+ (Beijing) Kingston University (UK) Pebbles Gelato (UK)


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