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Vignelli Workstation

Igor Sobolevsky

This laptop / desktop stand has been inspired by the Serenissimo table which was designed in 1985. The relationship between thick and thin elements in the original design inspired the drama of forms in my piece, while creating space for computing, cord management and storage. The circular slotted design on the top punctuates the surface, while providing ventilation.


Functional Wall Tiles

Erica Nwankwo

Wall tiles have existed intrinsically as cladding elements. User interaction has been limited to tactile, visual, protective and sensory. Functional wall tiles provide basic day to day usability in the form of holding, hanging, placing, and shelving personal belongings. Perfect for the entryway and available in multiple colors, theses functional tiles come in a set of four, a universal hanger, hook, palette, and shelf. Assembly is hassle free and can be easily mounted on the wall.


Hanging Stickers

Boyuan Ling

A hanging system in the entryway is an almost universal tool which addresses people’s daily needs. Common hanging hooks often position items hanging one over another. Items underneath other items are difficult to notice and hard to take out. Hanging Stickers is about hanging organization. The “loop sticks” and “sticks” are adjustable and snap into place in order to hang multiple objects. The different sets of sticks and loop sticks can be reconfigured based upon lifestyle preferences. The Loll recycled plastic materials are ideal for this product because the snap-fit connections eliminate the need for any hardware.


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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Kinetic Whiskey Glass

Timothy Bromm

The Kinetic Whiskey Glass accentuates the importance of sound and motion experienced during the act of drinking whiskey. A glass ball is housed within an enclosed ‘floating’ chamber. In the process of swirling the ball around the base, the whiskey can be synchronized, introducing elements of skill and play into the drinking experience.


Pencil Door Handle

Siyang Amanda Gong

I designed this door handle which was inspired by both Massimo Vignelli’s handle studies (prototypes found in archives) and by his pencil of choice (Lead Holder). The faceted pencil shape provides the ergonomic grip. The red detail provides a visual cue to identify when the door is locked.