Over the past 20 years the perception of the two-man tent has depreciated from a highly valued piece of camping equipment to a cheap, throw-away, disposable item. A quick look at the aftermath of any music festival provides proof of this, where it is predicted that 1 in 5 tents are left behind, destined for landfill.
By drawing inspiration from the past, the Under Cover Camper was designed to place the value back into the tent by promoting sustainability, style, longevity, and quality.
This quality is a direct result of using only the highest quality materials. The marine ply frame and canvas fly contribute to making the tent extremely strong and waterproof, while the brass and leather trim conveys a sense of style .
While providing durability, the Under Cover Camper also offers flexibility to adapt to the needs of the camper. During the hottest hours of the day, the front wall can be unzipped and rolled up, transforming it into the ultimate sun shelter.
The tent is not yet available on the market. At this stage it is a tool to be used to raise awareness about the disposable nature of the camping industry and for people to think twice before they buy or throw away their tents.Product Design2013
After working in Essenze design store on a number of projects, I saw there was a gap in the market for a functional piece of wall art. The solution I came up with is the segment clock.
This clock showcases the natural beauty of the Birch wood grain while adding a splash of colour.
They are segmented into 12 pieces that aid in the functionality of the clock but also create a clear parameter in which the panels can be stained or left natural. They are available in a variety of colours and painted panels.
The clock now retails in design stores both here and in the USA.
Furniture Design, Interior Design, Product Design2012
Trestle Union is a furniture business set up between a friend and myself in 2012 after seeing a gap in the market. Our vision is to create high aesthetic furniture at a low cost.
Realising most furniture with a high design aesthetic is out of reach of people in 20s and 30s (yet this is the demographic who appreciate design the most), we set out to create a product that meet their needs. By stripping back all the frills, using smart construction techniques and selling direct through online channels, we are able to pass the savings onto our customers.
We offer complete trestle desk solutions and have grown our product range to include a trestle shelf and coffee table. However we also saw a need that customers didn’t want to be confined to the desktops that we offered, therefore we also sell the trestle legs on their own and encourage customers to be creative by using old doors etc to create a one of a kind piece (a form of co-creation).Entrepreneurship, Furniture Design, Product Design2013
The Kapua coffin project was a collaboration between myself and Return to Sender. The purpose of the project was to create an eco friendly coffin, while focusing on reducing production costs in order to make eco coffins a more accessible option for families when choosing a coffin for their loved ones .
The current funeral industry is highly dictated by the funeral directors. They prefer to use traditional coffins because it’s what they know and they gain the most profit off these types. The problem is that these coffins are highly toxic, they are constructed from veneer covered MDF, plastic handles and polyester linings.
The Kapua coffin is made from 100% natural, sustainable resources. Allowing the body to be returned full circle without leaching nasty chemicals or toxins into the earth.
The base of the coffin is CNC routed out of one sheet of PEFC certified plywood and is quickly assembled together using a series of slots and rebates. The low sides and built in handles means the family can spend quality time with the body before the ceremony.
The lid is 3D knitted out of one piece of pure New Zealand wool, the knitting process allows the woolen top to be simply slotted over the internal lid frame (much like a fitted sheet), allowing the family to choose a colour and pattern which best represents the deceased.Industrial Design, Product Design2013
The brief was to use predominantly one of two materials collected from the waste stream, and design and construct an object for the home using the words “table landscape” to guide me.
I had to celebrate both my choice of material and where you found it, and use only cold construction techniques (i.e. nuts, screws etc) to make and assemble my object.
The lamp is made from recycled wooden rulers and an old ceiling light inserts.
The lamp can be manipulated into many different configurations, giving the user there own little touch into final design and shape of the lamp.
The theory being that the user of the lamp will use the measurements of the rulers to incrementally produce a shape of their choice as well as linking back to the rulers original function.Furniture Design, Interior Design, Product Design2012
The project was commissioned by the HOD of AUT product design to retrofit the existing product design studio desks into a multi height adjustable, movable solution and facilitate its implementation.
The final outcome had to include a storage space under the desk and embrace the fun and light heartedness of the learning environment.
Working within the constraints of the existing desk design, as well as the budget constraints was the most difficult part of this project. However the final outcome has been extremely successful.
The studio spaces have become a flexible mobile learning environment, where students can easily adjust their learning space depending on their brief/ needs.
Furniture Design, Product Design2013
I feel that as a product designer you should have a grip on all design fields, including graphic design. While I am not trained in graphic design, I have a fair understanding of adobe programs. This pages showcases some of the graphic work I have done in the past.
The photo on the right shows a project that was I was obviously very involved in, my wedding stationery, the stationary included; save the date cards, information and maps, invitations, RSVPs, menus and thank you cards.
The Industrial design and Innovation logo was a brief given to me by the HOD of product design to create a logo for the department. The logo is now used on all official documentation and is splayed across the doors as you enter the department.
The other logos and headers were for various personal, university and business projects.Branding, Graphic Design, Print Design2013
The project was to design (or redesign), develop and present an innovative, viable and feasible product proposal that enhances the Auckland public transport experience.
This project was a collaboration between AUT Product Design, ‘MR Cagney’ urban designer Kent Lundberg, Anthony Cross (Auckland Transport PT Network Planning Manager), Robert Lipka (Auckland Transport Urban Design Specialist), and Vodafone NZ.
Our plan was to grow public awareness around ‘pole only’ bus stops and our solution was ‘Spot X’ a wayfinding system that enables bus patrons in allocated areas to navigate themselves within their community.
As well as showing the bus route the system acts as a central hub for community based activities, like a notice board community members can grab a piece of chalk and write on the blackboard map; what events are on in their areas, or where their favorite picnic spot is, or a good coffee shop, allowing other community members to discover new experiences for themselves.
The main goal of the system is to encourage ownership of your common space, through indirect collaboration on a community based level, which inturn creates a stronger community spirit.Industrial Design, Information Architecture, Interaction Design2013
After a chance meeting with Sarah and Niko from Maldito Mendez, they explained to me that they were in the midst of setting up their restaurant in Ponsonby Central. They had bought a shipping container of stuff over from Uruguay, of which they had some big old green bottles and wanted to use them in the restaurant somehow.
After some discussion and thought I came up with the solution to cut the bottoms of the bottles and add a wooden ring to the bottom, the result being these giant glass lampshades that illuminate the room with a green hue, while aiding to the authenticity of the restaurant’s ambiance.Product Design2013
The trestle legs are made to be completely collapsible, each leg is simply made form five interlocking pieces of wood held together by two hex bolts, making them extremely easy to put up an down.
Table top can either sit on top of the legs of slot in between the tops of the legs leaving the top of the trestles protruding out of the table
Made from European beech they can be made for any sized table top.Furniture Design, Product Design2012
A collaboration with Essenze design store. I was to design an innovative pendant or floor lamp that was made primarily from ply-wood.
I was to create an original, inventive and beautifully refined item that represents the best of New Zealand design. It was to be light, elegant and reflect the use of natural materials. My design had to be simple, timeless and reflect my aspiration to be an internationally competitive designer.
The inspiration for the lamp came after buying an old industrial lamp shade from a second hand shop and then realising that I had no where to put it because I have inserted ceiling lights.
I wanted to create a lamp stand that would have no hardwired components and could be interchanged with any lampshade that you may pick up along the way.
The lamp stand is fixed together with lap joints and pins rather than glue and fixings, because of this the stand can be supplied in flatpack form and is easily erected by the end user.Furniture Design, Interior Design, Product Design2012
Ceramic Milk bottles
3 sizes 1/4pt, 1/2pt and full ptCrafts, Product Design2012