Archive for the ‘student work’ Category

Vases by Decha Archjananun

Monday, February 13th, 2012

The vase deconstructed by student Decha Archjananun.  Archjananun split the vase into two basic functions, a vessel to hold water and a form to support the stems.


Ruin Academy

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

I have been thinking obsessively about the Ruin Academy since I came across the project a few weeks ago.  The Ruin Academy is a research center in Taipei based on the, “Third Generation City – the organic ruin of the industrial city.”  It is a joint project between two universities, the Finland based Casagrande Laboratory and the Taiwanese JUT Foundation for Arts & Architecture.

Using an abandoned apartment building as an experimental platform, students explore the practices of urban architecture, sociology and environmental art.  The structure has been stripped to the bare bones by removing the interior walls and windows to let the elements inside.  Six inch holes punctuate the walls (middle right) to let rain inside to grow bamboo and vegetables. As the project explains, “the Academy is a constantly changing mixture of a ruin and a construction site.”

Inside the space, the universities hosts classes and workshops, while also providing ad-hoc sleeping space for participants.  In the top right picture, you can see one of the rolling beds.  I love the idea of an unused building becoming a canvas for researchers to experiment and play.  Nothing seems too precious or planned.

Lisa Spengler and Moa Hallgren

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

As part of their final project at Kunsthochschule Weißensee, students Lisa Spengler and Moa Hallgren designed a collection of furniture and accessories made from salvaged materials.  The pair combined old clothes with furniture found in the streets of Berlin to create new pieces where objects and textiles intertwine.  Spengler and Hallgren recently showed their work at the HEIMTEXTIL 2011 in Frankfurt.

Ji Young Shon

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

During the RCA graduation show in London, Korean designer Ji Young Shon exhibited ‘Whispering Leaves’, a new flexible sound system.  The sound emanates from a thin plastic film speaker, which for this installation was cut into the shape of leaves.  The irregularaity of the leaves allows for, “…slightly different volume and tone depending on shape, size and bending.”  You can check out a video of the leaves’ sound quality here.

Seainin Passi

Monday, July 26th, 2010

During the recent RCA graduation show in London, I got the chance to meet Seainin Passi, a student in the Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork & Jewellery department.  During the exhibition Passi set up a color apothecary, a place where visitors could hand select their own tiny silver pin and fill it with a color of their choosing.

According to Passi, “Response to colour is the most immediate and basic of human responses. Each colour of the spectrum is a vibration, a frequency, resonating with different aspects of the body and mind. This is a universal language that exists deep within each of us.”

So many parts of this project were charming.  I loved the very very small pins that show off just a hint of special color to the world, like a tiny badge.  But what resonated most was that the project was not complete without personal interaction.  The designer and the patron were linked; they sat together, chatted and as a result of that dialogue, a finished product was created. I ended up picking an electric blue thread (my pin is on the top of the right hand picture) – not sure what that says about me, but I’m wearing it today.

Rémi Bouhaniche

Thursday, January 14th, 2010


The ‘Etirement’ lamp by French designer Rémi Bouhaniche turns on/off and dims by pulling the the base of the shade.

Lauren Barjhoux

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010


Lauren Barjhoux, a student at the Ecole Supérieure d’Art et de Design – Reims, recently showcased her ‘Stretchy Console’ table at Designhuis during DDW.  The piece, which was inspired by a carpenter’s ruler, can contract and expand to create a table of any length.  What’s more impressive is that it is made out of solid wood with no screws. (Image on left © DR)

Monique Habraken

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009


‘A Tree’ by Dutch design student Monique Habraken is a simple and elegant dining room table.  I love the detail of the inlaid tree branch on the table top running through to the leg.

Jochem de Wit

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009


Lovely ceramic work by Dutch Design student Jochem de Wit.  Though the pieces have rough elements, there is still a simplistic beauty to them.

Francois Dumas

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009



Francois Dumas was one of the graduates presenting at the Design Academy Eindhoven last month.  Using his own handmade wooden molds, the designer created a small run of chairs by heating and joining three plastic rods.

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