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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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Americano Cup

Kunzhao Wu

This is Americano-style coffee cup that is made of glass. Its unique form has been specially designed for the Americano coffee experience. The indent on the side of the glass indicates the proper measurement of water before adding the espresso. It also provides an ergonomic location for one’s index finger to create a comfortable grip.

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Couples Glasses

Ratchanon Keawmanee

Designed as a set for sharing romantic times between lovers, the couples glasses enhance intimate moments between two people. Stemless glasses are designed to be comfortably embraced by palms while the infinity symbol-inspired base provides the perfect nesting curve for the glasses.

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Elevate

Austin Fagot

There is just something in outdoor air that transforms one from a slumbering sloth to a lollygagging lemur. We thought plants might have something to do with it so we created an indoor planter to heighten your lollygagging year round. This planter was built to grow with your amusement, four snaps and a slide brings you to the next level. Constructed from recycled milk jugs, they will keep water and your plants in an exclusive relationship for life. Elevate is designed to allow water to cascade and nurture your greenery spirits on every successive row, safely catching the leftovers on the bottom for you to reuse or throw out. Whatever your wall space, Elevate your lollygag.

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Inclusive Side Table

Miguel A. Cardona Jr.

This side table was inspired by Vignelli & Associates “inclusive” Reclining Chair concept created for the Helen Hamlyn Foundation in 1998. In approaching my concept I intended to follow principles of universal design as well as those set by the Vignelli Canon.

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White Wine Glass

Liana Beer

A glass designed to keep the user’s hand away from the bowl of the glass to prevent body heat from transferring to the white wine, which is intended to be chilled. A hollow lower region creates a barrier while being held by the user, as well as creating an illusion of suspension for the white wine. The narrow design with a slight, inward curve enables the gathering and focusing of aromas.

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