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Turkish Coffee Cup

Aisha Iskanderani

This design enhances the tradition of using the coffee grounds at the bottom of the cup to tell the user’s fortune. The transparancy of the glass vessel and it’s crystal ball like form make this functionally and emotionally rich.


Floating Martini

Sherry Jiekun Qian

The Floating Martini glass design utilizes the transparency of glass to celebrate the iconic form of the traditional martini by floating it in the air. The space between the drink and the hand helps to keep the temperature cool. Also, the cylinder shape is good for holding to avoid spilling.

Floating Martini

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The distinctive shape of the Martini glass is visually appealing, as well as functional. Aesthetically, The glass creates a nicer display of the olive garnish than a standard cocktail glass. It is rumored the wide mouth of the glass helps bring out the bouquet of the gin. Functionally, the martini glass is shaped the way it is to keep the drink cold, because a martini contains no ice, and the stem keeps the warmth of the hand away from the liquid. Socially, as social interactive roll, Martini represents the status and shows the elegant.

During the field trip to the bar to try Martini, I found some problems about the existing Martini glass. First of all, the stem was too thin that was hard for people to grab, normally people just hold the cone part. Secondly, it was really hard to keep the balance of the glass, I spilled several times. This design aims to deal with those problems, at the same time keep the form simple and elegant.




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Abhishek Swaminathan

Storing shoes in the entryway is often associated with compact modules in benches. Removing the boundary constraints of benches and using the vertical space in a house in addition to the horizontal gives shoe storage more relevance. Stacks is a modular shoe storage system with each module fitting on top of another. Loll material is washable and extremely durable, making it ideal to use for shoe storage. The “snap fits” designed by Loll enable stacking without the use of any hardware. The addition of a color palette enhances the visual appeal of Stacks. It helps you store your shoes in a neat, fun, and organized manner.


Stepping Stones

Bijal Patwa

Stepping Stones bridge the gap between nature and man-made. It compliments existing Loll products by extending their story from the threshold of the home into the yard.

Today, environment plays an important role in product design. Product and environment are interconnected and affect one another’s existence. Stepping Stones’ organic shapes and details make them a part of nature, but their color and material make them new and fresh.

These stones also have another functional aspect. They are designed to hide one’s spare key under the ‘smallest round stone’.


Fold-Up Seat

Qi Liu

This compact Fold- up Seat design allows for extra seating in commonly narrow entryway spaces. Single hand manual operation helps a user to lower the seat to a horizontal position for use with ease and to raise it back to the folded position after use. To fold the chair, one simply has to lift the seat and it stays folded, leaning against the wall. The seat can withstand up to 400 pounds and provides a sturdy seating area. The material is durable plastic. This design saves space in small spaces and gives people a feeling of convenience and comfort.


Bodoni Soap Dish

David Strauss

The Bodoni Soap Dish is inspired by the Vignelli’s Soap Bubble Chair Mold, which is located in the Vignelli Archive. The Soap Bubble Chair was never produced and it is not known when the models were made.