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Product & Furniture Design MA: Student project work

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View the project work of our former students from this programme below. Our students' work has also been recognised by industry practitioners – see the Student achievements page to find out more.

You can also download of PDF of graduates' work.

Original Stools by Sascha Mikel

Each original stool is the unique product of a process more commonly associated with uniform production, rotation moulding. Stools are rotated within an orb containing a silicon mould into which resin is poured. The orb is released into the landscape – river, forest, hill – and the flexing mould casts a record of the physical journey into the stool. Each original stool has a time and place of origin.

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Original Stools by Sascha MikelOriginal Stools by Sascha MikelOriginal Stools by Sascha MikelOriginal Stools by Sascha MikelOriginal Stools by Sascha MikelOriginal Stools by Sascha MikelOriginal Stools by Sascha MikelOriginal Stools by Sascha Mikel

Confronting OCD by Ferran Lajara

This project comprises five prototypes for five conditions to help OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) sufferers. The prototypes do not obey the OCD but rather they aggravate it. The direct confrontation helps sufferers learn to take control of their anxieties rather than be dominated by them. The prototypes were tested during a five-day workshop at the OCD Centre and received very positive feedback.

Chez Payne-Annetts, Practice Manager at the OCD Centre says: "The key to OCD is realising that despite their compulsions, sufferers have to fit in with the world, not the world change for them, if they want to be well with their condition."

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Confronting Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) by Ferran Lajara Confronting Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) by Ferran Lajara Confronting Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) by Ferran Lajara Confronting Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) by Ferran Lajara Confronting Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) by Ferran Lajara

Anti-isolation Design by Sarah Baier

Hospital isolation for patients suffering from low-level infections like MRSA induces many negative psychological effects. This project re-focuses on the empathetic concerns of control, contact, privacy and nature rather than simply those of maintenance and management. A green rooftop proposal is suggested for urban hospitals, referencing a time before antibiotics and of country retreats. Horticultural therapy, particularly effective among the elderly who are often both the most susceptible to infection and difficult to isolate, is also proposed.

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Plugging Beirut Politics by Samiya Azar

Beirut is synonymous with civil war, assassinations, kidnaps and clashes, despite a culture spanning 5,000 years of civilization. The city has no street signage but largely depends upon verbal navigation and local landmarks. This project plugs orientation information into the city infrastructure by using manhole covers as plaques to record modern conflict in its streets. These also symbolize access to the strata of buried archaeological history beneath, an inevitable fate that offers a sense of perspective on the contemporary situation.

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UNIKEA by Kenyon Yeh

UNIKEA seeks to create personal identity from ubiquitous uniformity. I have assembled the pieces from standard IKEA flat packs without following the instructions. Instead, I have simply composed the kits into customised furniture to suit my personal preference, adding some new details and creating new instructions as I proceed. The process is liberating and brings an attitude of limitless possibility to the flat pack market.

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The Beginning of Product Mutation by Wannayos Boonperm

Images of workers leaving Canary Wharf with small boxes under their arms signaled the beginning of the UK recession.  The workers re-train to survive but what becomes of the office objects in their boxes? This project speculates that they also fight to survive, to be useful once again. Deposited and forgotten within the household, they familiarise themselves with the useful domestic objects around them. Slowly they mutate and evolve. This project captures their struggle.

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The Beginning of Product Mutation (Ghredder) by Wannayos BoonpermThe Beginning of Product Mutation (Brouse) by Wannayos BoonpermThe Beginning of Product Mutation (Forntainzer Pen) by Wannayos BoonpermThe Beginning of Product Mutation (Stammer) by Wannayos BoonpermThe Beginning of Product Mutation (Stanger) by Wannayos BoonpermThe Beginning of Product Mutation (Telewaterphone) by Wannayos Boonperm

A Room to Die In by Roisin Lafferty

A Room to Die In is a direct response to a friendship established with a young man suffering from Friedrich's Ataxia and who embraced the prospect of death. The friendship forced me to radically review my understanding of design and space. Space is reconsidered as hermetic volumes of air with the capacity to fulfil a dream, to slowly withdraw life by virtue of occupation. Design becomes irrelevant – choice, facility and familiarity are primary.

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New Phoenician Bowls by Laura Stromberger

Plinus the Elder describes the discovery of glass in his Historia Naturalis as an incidental bi-product of Phoenician cooking fires set up on the sandy banks of the river Belus. My project exploration recognises this origin and brings it into the twenty first century kitchen. A domestic 700w microwave oven is used to reenact the original genesis. Simple glass vessels informed by the humble manufacture process are produced.

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New Phoenician Bowls by Laura StrombergerNew Phoenician Bowls by Laura StrombergerNew Phoenician Bowls by Laura StrombergerNew Phoenician Bowls by Laura Stromberger

Istanbul Doorset by Younghwa Lee

The US Geological Survey predicts Istanbul will be hit by a 7.6 Richter scale earthquake by 2030. In the event of an earthquake do not attempt to leave the building but get under a table; most casualties are caused by shifting objects. The Istanbul Doorset is conceived with the heartfelt desire to actively help prevent life loss anywhere in the world affected by earthquakes. It acknowledges the inherent strength of the door frame opening within the wall as a potential place for shelter. The door leaf is engineered to fold and pivot within the frame providing horizontal cover. Emergency provisions are stored in the door jamb.

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