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’.

Research

While researching on entryway, I noticed how the experience of transition from outer space to inner space makes a person more comfortable or uncomfortable. How different transitions have different effects on people, such as subtle and slow one, from sudden and surprising one. Loll Designs are all about utilizing recycled plastic to make outdoor furniture. This idea is totally green but when seen from user experience, there is contrast generated by plastic, in their experience of spending time with nature. This project is an effort to bridge this gap by utilizing Vignelli design principles.

Inspiration

The following are the key elements from Vignelli design culture that I picked out to guide me through the design process:

If you can’t find it, design it.
Identify and diversity.
Theory shapes content, content shapes form.
Vocabulary of materials and forms are tools to design.
Cross pollination between design; design is one.
‘Easy to perceive is easy to retain’.
Design impacts by using white space, calmness and simplicity.
Pro bono Publico.

Process

Exploration of different radius, patterns, and forms was done such that it would bring in simplicity and calmness with it. Various functions are thought of, such that users can interpret them in their own way. It could be to hide key under small round stone, or to stack them up and sit on it, put your laptop on it, arrange them in interesting patterns, or kids playing hopscotch on it.