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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.

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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.

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Vignelli Whistle

Hawraa Almaqseed

This piece inspired from Lella Vignelli. It is a whistle and a ring. It is a feminine fine jewelry, also a rescuing tool for emergency situations. Media: Fine Silver.

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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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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.

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Modular Nesting Furniture System

Chunxiao Zhu

I was inspired by the American Collection furniture models I found in the Vignelli Center archives. This conceptual program for a group of furniture was never produced. I was inspired by the simple and elegant shapes of the models.

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