Sometimes a chair is just a chair…
The inspiration was derived from the infinity loop. I was drawn to the balance, continuity and simplicity that the form displayed.
This narrative also reflects my personal design process. I have always been interested in classic Bauhaus design elements: geometry and honest portrayal of material. I chose simple metal for the frame and the seating is transparent to show the geometry of the frame.
Mild Steel- heat bent
Planned obsolescence can be used to reduce unplanned waste.
Although everyday items have a short functional life, most continue to live in landfill beyond their use. Taking inspiration from nature—where an object is created with a purpose and disappears after this purpose is fulfilled—FADE explores this concept of impermanence and applies it to everyday objects.
FADE proposes to consciously use the theory of planning for obsolescence when designing short lived objects. Most products created today are disposable in life and durable in death. Planned obsolescence addresses this gap between the functional life of objects and their actual life.
Using sugar composite as a food-based material and other bio materials, the system displayed demonstrates the life cycle of a product resulting from the paradigm shift brought by FADE to the way objects are conceived, used and disposed of.
Nominated for Sustain RCA Award, 2016
A local manufacturing system to break the cycle of urban poverty.
By 2020, Mumbai will be the second largest city in the world. It will also have the world's largest slum. This is part of a long-term trend: seeking to escape poverty in rural areas, people are heading to the city. The majority of these immigrants lack formal skills and education, and are not accepted to work in the formal economy. As a result, they are pushed into a volatile grey area: they live in informal shanty towns and work as street vendors, day labourers, and in other unregulated jobs.
Rather than design a product, we redesigned the rules of the game. Spark is a new system with a social enterprise at its heart, which provides rural immigrants with new trade skills for the city. Spark focuses on simplifying emerging technology to design and manufacture needed products within the local community, for their own use.
The Spark Kit contains everything required to make one of Spark's products. Our first case study uses Organic LED lights, a new technology which can easily be screen-printed. Lighting is an important catalyst product which can facilitate better living, learning, and working conditions. The Kit and System are designed to give Spark's local makers reliable technology and a network of professional support, while at the same time the opportunity and flexibility for creativity.
At the core of Spark is the desire to include immigrants in the system, not exclude them from it, and to recognise their agency as individuals who have a valuable contribution to society.
Laura Leddy | Sheroy Katila | Haidin Rashid | John Routledge
To develop a basic design of a metal bed set at an acceptable price range. Taking into consideration the increasing amount of students within each institute vis-a-vis the space constraints in Mumbai city. This is my undergraduate degree final project, with Godrej & Boyce Mfg. Company in Mumbai, India.
Awarded Outstanding Graduate Project Industrial Design, by Maharashtra Institute of Technology (MIT) Institute of Design, India
St. Petersburg, Russsia
Culture Capital, Creative Capital... Colour Capital?
For a city that enjoys on average only 75 days of sunshine per year, it seems at first glance that St. Petersburg might as well be synonymous with grey. The sky may be, but the city itself is another
story. The famous historic centre is a veritable rainbow: turquoise, coral red, blushing pinks, mint green, marigolds and mustards rise up from the frozen canals to the hazy silver clouds above. As it turns out, this grey city is not so grey after all.
One way of thinking about identity begins with the idea of possession, taking ownership, taking pride. Every time you visit a museum or theatre, you take a little piece of it home with you: your entrance ticket. As time passes, you accumulate these artefact’s of experience. Could this existing framework of ticketing be used to encourage a sense of identity between people and place, and even between different cultural hubs in the city?
Taking inspiration from the unique colour palette of St. Petersburg, Spectrum seeks to do just that.
Your entrance ticket; to a museum, to the cinema, to an exposition organized by an experimental music collective is now a tool for creative action.