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2 Go Packaging Design With Surprise Graphics

Flora Qiangwei Zhu

The new “2 Go” logo design was inspired by the colors and shapes used on the original packaging designed in 1990 for Pei’s Place (a cafeteria).

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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’.

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Cobbler

Brendan Gordon

Entryways are bivalent, posing no clean break of space and time and demanding a moment of pause. A traditional piece of utility, the cobbler’s bench is also bivalent in nature. Not simply chair or desk, bench or table, it is a fusion of two basic needs—space to work and space to sit. Cobbler honors Loll’s legacy of historical reference, re-envisioning a shoe-maker’s tool, designed for linear work and attention to the more intimate objects in life. It is an aid to a doorway’s pause.

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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.

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U Chair

Xiaoxiao Pu

I was inspired by the shape of Vignelli’s Circolo Chair, 1979. I designed a lighter, more practical office chair by following the original chair’s visual language while providing a variety of combinations of chair legs to choose from in order to achieve the different needs in the work space.

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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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