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i-Dinner: Bowl With Acoustic Component

Jong Soo Gang

I was inspired by Vignelli’s Stacking Dinnerware for Heller 1967. My design explores contemporary lifestyles by engaging technology, information and consumption in the home.


Tea Ripple

Qunxi Huang

The Tea Ripple is a glass teacup design showing the contrast between movement and stillness. It includes a glass cup and a coaster. The wave forms on the cup’s surface show beautiful movement and also make it comfortable for users to hold even when the tea is very hot.


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.


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.


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.


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.