These accessories are my explorations as a part of a project undertaken in Politecnico di Milano under the world renown Italian brand, “Kartell”. Plastic is associated with low quality products that lack beauty. Kartell, on the other hand, works to establish plastic as one of the precious materials through innovation in production techniques. They work at making plastic timeless rather than giving them a single -use function and I aimed at working with same ideology.
ERRORS & LEARNING
It was actually my first time modelling for 3D printing. Therefore, it took me a long time to understand the constrictions of 3D printing like optimum angle, material, layers etc.
Although, the first two bracelets were geometrically easier to print, they didn’t exactly compliment Kartell’s identity. On the other hand, my final necklace was a about exploring beauty in asymmetry and imbalance and was therefore asymmetrical and had many uneven forms. It was supposed to have 3 times the density and more fluidity but since the 3D printer could not produce it, I had to reduce some layers and compromise on the design.
Even though my final design didn’t came out as desired, I learned so much about the emerging technology of the time, 3d printing. After this I started printing prototypes, moulds and other small objects as frequently as possible.
Beacon is an innovative packaging concept for high-end beauty creams.
In our In our busy lifestyle we sometimes tend to ignore or forget our beauty regime. Beacon is a unique packaging idea that has a timer and light attached to remind you of its application.
How to use?- Just the way you turn the key for an alarm, the users twists the lower body to fix the time they need to apply the cream next. When the upper body comes back to its position, it starts beeping and the light glows, reminding the user for its application. It also comes with a push button applicator, which smoothly massages the face.
The form is simple, contemporary and complements the female form. It is not just a packaging idea but an application reminder system that has not been seen in the market yet.
A material known as chitosan/ chitin, made from crustacean shells, has been used in the medical industry due to its nutrients but its applications in other industries are starting to be explored.
After the shelling process, shells would usually go to waste but by extracting chitosan from them, it adds value to this waste and gives us a new upcycled material to work with. Since its a by-product of the process, therefore, till the time we consume shell fish, this material will be available and won’t cause any extra damage.
At Studio Tjeerd Veenhoven, I tried to understand this matter and look for its application in the design field. The basic ingredients used were diluted acetic acid, water and chitosan powder and I experimented with different quantities to get different results. I even tried using felted hemp and other raw fabrics to understand how solid/ flexible it can be. Some of the application for this material would be acoustics for interiors, packaging, furniture etc.
We love to play several games with our dogs. Playing fetch, with a frisbee or a ball are just some of our favourite ones. They are important to keep the dog healthy and active. However, what we forget to include in these games are a dog's instant to look/ hunt for his food on its own.
This is where treat toys come in. They allow your pet to actively interact with the toy and also fulfil those instincts as the rewards them with doggy treats.
My idea was to go further in this direction and come up with innovative toys to explore its possibilities using the new technology of 3D printing.
Ball. B is a unique treat toy for dogs which comes with dual functions. Even though it is a frisbee it has a rotating ball in the middle which can be filled with small dog treats. When the dog rolls the toy few of these treats fall out that the dog enjoys to eat. When it is thrown far away as a frisbee the dog goes to fetch it and brings it back. There is a small shutter inside which can be kept shut while the frisbee is in air.
This way even when the owner is not around the dog can play with the Ball . B alone and when the owner is around both can play normally as a frisbee.
Modelling Credits: Wafer Kochhar
If there are forty children in the class and each child has three fruits with her, how many fruits are there in the class?
120! Seems very easy to solve, right? But it is not that easy for the second graders. Primary school teachers confirmed that the biggest challenge while teaching such a lesson is to teach them translate words to numerical equations. Children who have a better command over the language tend to solve the questions with ease. However, as a topic it is quite boring for children and they usually don’t enjoy solving them.
Problem Statement- To make conversion from language to numerical problems understandable, fun and engaging.
About Thar Trails- Its a Maths Treasure Hunt!
In the extreme climates of The Great Thar Desert where human survival is nearly impossible, is an age old treasure hidden. You are a”Banjaras” and you are on the quest for this ancient treasure. Thrilling but full of difficulties is your journey through the trails of Thar. The first banjaras that crosses all the barriers wins the treasure!
Game Objective- Be the first Banjara to unlock the relics and find all the treasure!
Game Play- The banjaras collect various things for survival throughout the game in the form of cards. Each hurdle is math word problem that they have to solve by visually counting and calculating the answers. If their answer is correct, they move one tier closer to the treasure and if they are wrong, there are punishment cards that can make them do funny things like ‘roar like a dinosaur’ or ‘dance like a kangaroo.’
Team- Faris Mohammed, Gourab Chaterjee & Midushi Kochhar
This board game was developed in the course of Game Design at Politecnico di Milano in 2015. The purpose was to develop a board game that had the theme a presented Greek myth. This game is about " The Abduction of Persephone."
The Objective was to free Persephone who was kidnapped by Hades and trapped in the Underworld.
The game had 3 tiers and each tier had its different challenges. Persephone was trapped in the underworld which was the central tier. Tier 1 was about acquiring materials to build a boat to cross the river Styx and reach Tier 2. Tier 2 was about acquiring special skills for the fight with Hades. Tier 3 the real fight and the warrior who defeats Hades, saves Persephone and brings back the order to the seasons of the Earth wins the game.