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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.

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Research

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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Hi Bench

Bridget Sheehan

The “Hi” Bench serves as a friendly greeting as you walk in the door. It provides a spot to hold your keys, shoes, spare change, and umbrella. There is also a space to sit down to tie your shoes. Durable and waterproof Loll HDPE materials are ideal for this product as it requires no maintenance and withstands heavy traffic. The “Hi” Bench is a perfect fit for any entryway.

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One into Two

Yolegmma Marquez

Inspired by the purity of the geometric shapes represented in Vignelli’s works, the “One into two” espresso coffee cup shows that the proportions of an accurate espresso can be represented in physical forms. The minimalist design and the stackable function embody the simplicity and pureness of a cup of espresso.

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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.

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Handkerchief Armchair

Jason Liu

I was inspired by Vignelli’s Handkerchief chair designed around 1985 for Knoll International. I redesigned the armed version for expressing softness and lightness as the main characteristics of a handkerchief form.

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Champagne Popsicle

Guillermo Fok

The attributes that characterize the experience of Champagne were distilled and reinvented to enrich this unique tradition. The Champagne Popsicle is a daring new way to enjoy the decadence and eccentricity of Champagne. The form pays homage to the delicacy of a flute, juxtaposed with a solid base reminiscent of a Champagne seau.

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