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Chalker

Lei Hong

A chalkboard is a traditional public communication channel. In an increasingly digital world it is a nostalgic and highly personal statement. Chalker is a space for reminders, and a special home communication device for family members, which creates a warm and sweet link between public and private worlds. The design of Chalker is based on the manufacturing capabilities of Loll Designs. And the material is durable, recycled plastic.

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2 Go Packaging Design With Surprise Graphics

Flora Qiangwei Zhu

The new “2 Go” logo design was inspired by the colors and shapes used on the original packaging designed in 1990 for Pei’s Place (a cafeteria).

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Bodoni Soap Dish

David Strauss

The Bodoni Soap Dish is inspired by the Vignelli’s Soap Bubble Chair Mold, which is located in the Vignelli Archive. The Soap Bubble Chair was never produced and it is not known when the models were made.

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Turkish Coffee Cup

Aisha Iskanderani

This design enhances the tradition of using the coffee grounds at the bottom of the cup to tell the user’s fortune. The transparancy of the glass vessel and it’s crystal ball like form make this functionally and emotionally rich.

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Cloth Luminaire

Randall Yarborough

Cloth Luminaire, Line extension of Knoll products. My design concept stems from research into the development of the Paper Clip Table designed in 1993. My concept was inspired by the linkage of the Paper Clip Table to the Handkerchief chair, which extended the logic of utilitarian object-languages as inspiration for form.

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Bike Buddy

Casey Kelly

The Bike Buddy is a storage rack that aims to secure both bike and belongings. The bike top tube sits on two side panels and a lock wraps through the bike and the storage space. A water bottle cage serves as a clever handle. Durable HDPE Loll materials support the bike and provide a sense of safe storage for belongings.

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