The Flex Table was designed for the modern apartment renter, who moves frequently and doesn’t want the extra baggage that comes with traditional furniture. The Flex Table meets this life style by pulling apart into two pieces that snap together with simple steel pins. The final form was inspired by how to refract light and create a table that will illuminate itself, in any room.
The Pinned Light was from a collection of pieces that explored the limits of bent lamination when combined with the aid of various joinery techniques to help lock and hold the pieces to their final form. The panels are pressed with beech veneers, bamboo fibers, and an inner styrene panel to control the light source. The panels arrive flat packed and assemble together at the flanges with custom hardware to keep them in place and to shape.
The Kinetic Rack was designed for the Golden Triangle D.C. area. The theme for the project was to increase the user interaction with the bicycle and rack. The series of forms are designed to draw in the user and create a sense of privacy in public places. There is one dominant opening that would guide the bike into place and hold it securely. The two secondary openings would allow for another set of cyclist to easily lock their bikes in place. The arms that hold the second set of bikes are two separate pieces that rotate outwards and lock in place between the ground and bracket; this lets the rack fold flat for transportation and storage. The end caps on the arms of the rack can be removed and multiple units can be connected to accommodate more bikes. This modular system allows for the bicycle racks to match the growing cyclist population within the city.
The Children's Hospital of Florida puts its patients first and has taken this approach to their interior facilities as well. The Installation focuses on bringing the hospitals brand to life and creating a wonderful and friendly place to help families heal in an atmosphere that is warm and accommodating.
The Eclipse Sconce combines thousands of Swarovski crystals with glass to create a cutting edge surface with exceptional specular quality. The addition of lighting brings them to life with movement when viewed at any angle.
The Trim Light was a lighting project, focusing on making fluorescent and LED bulbs more appealing for residential consumers. The goals were to figure ways to use sustainable materials to warm cold fluorescent lighting, and create a more natural ambient light. Secondly the light needed to be constructed so that it wasn’t so heavy that it would need an industrial means of hanging and could be installed into a consumer’s home with ease. Through material choice, construction methods and use of patterns the light successfully met all of the initial goals while still keeping a form that is interesting and appealing.
The Hexa tables were created in an exploration of mixing Swarovski® crystals into furniture pieces. The crystals are seamlessly bonded to the underside of glass and back reverse painted to create deep visual effects.
Shown are some of the concepts prepared for the Boston Athletic Association for the 120th Boston Marathon. This project focused on developing graphics and structures at various key points along the race course while developing a branding package that created a cohesive visual language for the race.
This crystal and light chandelier was designed for a private residence and inspired by a trickling rain fall. The chandelier is constructed from Swarovski crystals, patinated bronze fittings, fiber optics strands, and a modulating fiber optic projector to create the effect of trickling light that disperses from the facets of the crystal drops and onto the walls and floors in various patterns .
Shown are some of the design concepts, prototypes, and production models for a line of bicycles for FiField Cycles. A set of men and women’s bicycles were created, with the option for an electrical system to be added later for electric assisted cycling.
The Stitched Light was from a collection of pieces that explored the limits of bent lamination when combined with the aid of various joinery techniques to help lock and hold the pieces to their final form. The panels are pressed with walnut veneers, bamboo fibers, and an inner styrene panel to control the light source. The panels arrive flat packed and are then laced together at the edges and pulled tight to lock the panels to an inner aluminum form.
Crystal Surfaces is a collection of materials for Orion HD that incorporates the depth and brilliance of Swarovski® crystals for use in architectural and interior environments. The patterns are available in a variety of materials such as wood, metal and stone along with a full spectrum of crystal colors.
Finlays bring the best from bush to cup; from tea farms around the globe to the world's consumers. The redesign of their offices focuses on bringing the origins of tea into the workplace.
These shapes come from the feeling of summer seasons and the sport of sailing. They incorporate the shapes of a bobbing boat, with a functional shape that naturally fits the contours of the hand. When combined with a playful color scheme the set sail spice mills can create the perfect mood for the right table or occasion.
Parabola is a lighting installation for the 2017 Newport Art Museum's Summer Gala. The shape is derived from a series of mathematical intersections and uses over 15,000 Swarovski® crystals to cover ten feet of vertical space.
The Busy Bench was developed for NIC+ZOE under the theme of "make busy look good" and is a riff from the classic Nelson Platform Bench by George Nelson. The bench is built of a maple seating surface with a base crafted from powder coated aluminum for added durability.
The Green Way Seating project was an exploration in public seating and how a seating element can function for capacity at peak hours and comfort at off hours. The seating elements are comprised of a cast concrete structure, a replaceable bent maple insert, and then wrapped in slope tame grass holders. The seating angles used are designed to open up the back and decompress the spinal column for office workers who have spent extensive periods in fixed positions. The concept behind the seating structure was to get people off of the beaten path and enjoy the newly constructed greenway.
The Twist Light was from a collection of pieces that explored the limits of bent lamination when combined with the aid of various joinery techniques to help lock and hold the pieces to their final form. The panels are pressed with bubinga veneers, bamboo fibers, and an inner styrene panel to control the light source. The panels arrive flat packed and are then bolted to the inner form with a crescent shaped bolt head that copies the profile of the laminated panels.
Fruit Forms is about promoting healthier eating habits for children, that will stay with them through their teenage years and into adulthood. These healthy eating habits are taught with a food dehydrator that is designed to show kids how to create dried fruit or fun fruit leather shapes. Fruit Forms is as much about research as it is product development. A large part of my research phase revealed that children enjoyed fruit leather but were cautious because of the appearance of fruit leather and did not understand the process of dehydrating fruits into fruit leather. Fruit Forms is a complete educational tool that lets children discover how to create fun and healthy snacks
The Slab Bench is about up-cycling materials and creating a design that is accessible to the general public. There are always new and interesting materials that cater to sustainable design but more often than not the public never gets to see these designs implemented in their daily lives. The slab bench allows individuals to use simple over the counter components that can be found at any local hardware store to create a unique bench that uses scrap material from local craftsman and builders. Through the use of over the counter parts, scrap material, and community involvement the Slab Bench can be made for anywhere.
As part of the development for Swarovki’s NYC work place and showroom by Perkins + Will and Valerie Pasquiou, I worked on developing various crystal components such as the crystal window shown here.
The Parklet Containers were created as an experimental way to turn curbside parking into additional seating space for local restaurants and retailers. Shipping containers are already designed to sit curbside, are easily transported and are readily available to everyone at a low cost. The Parklet Containers only use the bottom half of the shipping container, which allows for damaged or worn shipping containers to be repurposed and given new life. By repurposing shipping containers a parklet can be made on a budget that will fit most cities and expand their local retail spaces. In the offseason the parklet’s can easily be stored and let the space function as parking again.
The B-Frame Drafting Desk was created as the drafting Desks for a local group of bicycle frame builders. By sharing similar construction and finishing methods with bicycle fabrication, the desk develops a playful and industrial form. To extend the desk top, the user rotates the switch a quarter turn, this unlocks the rear columns and lets the table angle be set. Once the desired angle has been set the switch is turned back into place, locking the system securely.
This exhibition center was created for the various divisions of Swarovski® to showcase their current product and specialty pieces. The total foot print spans over 150'' and includes custom displays, furniture and lighting.
The Cascading Credenza is an experimentation in mixing crystal and building materials to transfer an intricate pattern from one plane to another. The surfaces consist of seamless solid surface joints that have had a void milled in before the crystal is fused into the pocket.