Inserting the last piece of a puzzle, finding the right place for an element while playing Tetris, the flush fitting when closing a MacBook, one last book fits onto the shelf – curiously delightful things, things that are in order. Commencing with the question what aesthetic qualities and sensual experiences the organizing process entails, three designs were developed – Sly, Box and Pin.
The focus was on objects with strong graphical qualities that can be put into context with each other by arranging and combining them. In the interaction, various states of order and their own aesthetics can be experienced by specifically implied feedback.
Even though functionality and area of use which are characteristics of classic products recede into the background, the objects function as abstract organizers as well.
In OrderBachelorthesis Product DesignAcademy of ArtsWeißensee Berlin
Sly is a mixture between moving object and organizing surface.
Three corian surfaces with geometrically related contours can be moved over each other through the CNC-milled relief. The surface structures communicate the necessary movements visually and haptically – rotation and linear sliding. This playful interaction is accompanied by a pleasant Schrrrrr sound. The user can either move the surfaces constantly, bring them into a position where the outer contours are flush with each other, arrange the surfaces freely or organize them separately in space.
Box is a series of objects that can serve as safekeepers for small objects.In each case two lids – made of turned and lacquered steel – fit either long- or crosswise into the walnut boxes. When inserted into the form the lids find their place due to their weight and the CNC-milled guidance partly recessed in the box and a satisfying Klock sound can be heard. Never fully closed the contour of the boxes invite the user to move the lids back and forth. The rolling of the steel results in a gentle Schrrrrk sound that comes to an end when reaching the boxes edge.
Pin is space installation and magnetic board at the same time.
Silicone strips in two colours create different but because of the geometric similarities always harmonious patterns on the hanging metal frame. The flexibility of the silicone contrasts with the rigid metal but is attracted to it due to the integrated magnets nonetheless. During the „docking“ on to the frame the invisible force of the magnetism and a soft Schnock sound convey that the strip will hold and has reached its place.