Design a housewares product inspired by designers or artists associated with movements in modernism
Charlotte's insight: “The most important thing to realize is that what drives the modern movement is a spirit of inquiry. It’s a process of analysis and not a style.” Charlotte viewed design as reflection of social contexts, emerging manufacturing processes, and newly developed uses for materials.
led by emerging technologies & social contexts
An artist and inventor. His work with objects was in the form of readymades—an art movement in response to mass manufacturing. Surrealists who participated in this art form aimed to elevate ordinary objects to works of art.
unique for each user & up-cycled
A lover of mathematics, engineering, and constructivism; he believed art should show the underlying mathematical laws governing our universe. His art explored different ways to convey movement.
form led by mathematics
Unique for each user
Uses new materials
Made of recycled materials
Reflective of social contexts
Uses new manufacturing methods
Inspired by math and engineering
Mushroom grow kit
A mushroom grow kit reflects current social contexts involving a growing interest in producing healthy foods at home, a focus on meat alternatives and concerns with sustainable living (mushrooms are natural decomposers).
Additive manufacturing is an emerging manufacturing method. A unique affordance of this method is the ability to design with recently developed mathematically based modeling programs (procedural generation) that can produce infinitely unique iterations for each user.
High-density Polyethene (HDPE) is a highly recyclable, food safe, and FDA approved polymer. Much research has already been conducted on recycling this material into useable filament for additive manufacturing applications.
reusable but ugly
reusable but not user friendly
Currently offered grow kits:
micron filter affords release of Co2 while maintaining a sterile environment
Open and fill with substrate
Soak in a lime bath at 180° for one hour to sterilize
Clear bottom to watch mycelium grow
Inject spores through the self-healing silicon port
Cover while mycelium grows
Take the cover off and enjoy!
Using procedural generation lets the customer explore to find their unique object. With this idea, the shopping experience is designed into the product.