Annika Frye- Adhocker Collection

Annika Frye is a german designer who is interested in the improvisation in serial production processes.

Below is her explaination to the project Adhocker Collection in her website:

“The stool is the most simple piece of furniture, it is often part of daily improvisation and makeshift constructions. Still, a stool has to be made regarding rules of stability and use. Thus, I used the idea of a stool to explore the possibilities of improvisation as a method in the design process. I found three strategies: creating something by using ad hoc – techniques as a starting point, during the production process of the object, or by developing an object that the user can improvise with.”


The Adhocker Collection consists three chairs:

(1) A stool made out of tape and airplane plywood.

(2) A blanket fixed to the stool frame allows the user to adjust the height by improvising.



(3) A stool that can also be a chair.


Chicle objects by Hella Jongerius

Dutch designer Hella Jongerius was commissioned by The Nature Conservancy to create objects for the show “Design for a Living World” in 2009. In this project, Jongerius played with chicle, a natural latex, and created objects using chicle. She used the elastic and adhesive properties of chicle to create textured surfaces and connection planes between materials. The resulted objects have a strange beauty. However, they are not suitable for industrial use as the chicle material is very fragile in nature. livingworldtop livingworld8 livingworldtop2 livingworld7 livingworld4

Asif Khan- Harvest



London based designer Asif Khan produces “Harvest“, a series of furniture from freeze-dried flowers.The Gypsophila plant has a natural ability to interlock. Khan harvested plant materials, and put them into moulds to freeze-dry. After several weeks, the moulded plant is bonded with a linseed oil-based resin.





Seyo Cizmic’s Ceramic Works

San Diego based artist Seyo Cizmic has a art direction incorporates contradictions in object materiality – physically and mentally. The works questions life. The style seem to be quite similar to Katerina Kamprani at the first glance, but Cizmic’s works are more to the social and political commentary side.










Mio I-zawa (飯沢 未央)

Japanese artist Mio I-zawa (飯沢 未央) is interested in technology and human. She designed The Grow Cable and an installation called Heart(L).

The Grow Cable is an i-phone cable shaped like an umbilical cord. It moves while charging the phone. According to I-zawa, she designed the cable as an umbilical cord as she has related the action of charging a phone to way mother feeds energy to her baby. “It moves as if it’s trying to introduce iPhone into, just like to express an irony to people’s dependance on iPhone.”, says I-zawa.

Heart(L) is a huge heart shaped installation connected a heart rate sensor. According to I-zawa, When you put your finger on the heart rate sensor, the sensor reads your heart rate, a compressor will runs and the installation will beat accordingly. By or hugging or touching the installation, people can almost see and feel their own hearts and the one of others.



Arduino technology has limitless possibilities. It provides interaction between objects and human in a way that it would otherwise not possible to achieve.

Unique and Strange Shapes in the Nature


Bleeding Tooth Fungus/ Strawberries and cream/ Red-juice tooth/ Devil’s tooth

Bleeding Tooth Fungus 2


Buddha’s Hand

Buddha’s Hand 2


Cedar-Apple Rust Fungus

Cedar-Apple Rust Fungus 2

Cedar-Apple Rust Fungus 3

Cedar-Apple Rust Fungus


Chinese Black Batflowers

Chinese Black Batflowers

Chinese Black Batflowers 2


Chinese Fleeceflower

Chinese Fleeceflower 2

Chinese Fleeceflower


Devil’s Claw

Devil’s Claw

Devil’s Claw 3

Devil’s Claw 2


Doll’s Eye/ White Baneberry

Doll's Eye 2

Doll’s Eye


Porcupine Tomato

Porcupine Tomato

Porcupine Tomato 2


Sea Anemone Mushroom / Octopus Stinkhorn

Sea Anemone Mushroom 2

Sea Anemone Mushroom 3

Sea Anemone Mushroom 4


CATable 1

CATable is designed by Ruan Hao (阮昊),a designer of the LYCS architecture firm. The table is designed for cats and their owners. Cat owners can use the table surface as their desk, while cats can use it as a playground. We all know cats love to sneak into tiny holes and they are curious of everything. With built in tunnels for cats to burrow and felines to explore, cats can enjoy discovering and playing by themselves when their owners are focusing on their work, or enjoying their meals. It will be less likely for the cats to jump onto your computer to mess with your work or to steal your food from your plate. Owners and cats then can enjoy the same space together. With the semi-opened tunnels and holes, cat owners can share their cats’ adventurous explorations and interact to their pets in a whole new level.

CATable 2

CATable 3

CATable 4


The CATable is an inspirational example of embedding body languages and interaction in the shape of an object.

Cumulus Parasol


Cumulus Parasol, designed by Netherlands based design studio Studio Toer, is a cloud-shaped parasol that inflates itself into a when the sun starts to shine. It is powered by a solar panel on its top. The power panels are connected to a fan for inflation. In 20 seconds the parasol will be fully inflated. The nylon cloud has a diameter of 2 meters. With an additional switch, it is also possible to turn off the parasol when it is not needed.




Martino Hamper

Martino Hamper

American designer Brandon Washington has designed the chair Martino Hamper as an exploration of what humour can do with everyday objects. This chair is a combination of an old dinning chair and a laundry basket. The seat of the chair is formed by a pile of dirty laundry. The designer explained the object in his website, “When it comes to tackling tasks and chores we usually award ourselves after the job is completed. However Martino Hamper rewards the procrastinators and the seat is only functional when your laundry duties have been neglected.” He also explains the reasoning behind the furniture’s name- it is named as Martino Gamper because the object was inspired by the quick furniture collage style of Martino Gamper (who is known by his project 100 Chairs in 100 Days). 

Martino Hamper

Martino Hamper 2



The Uncomfortable

Katerina Kamprani, an architect based in Athens, has designed The Uncomfortable – a collection of objects to twist the meaning of objects. She redesigns ordinary objects in a way that they remain usable, but are uncomfortable to be use.


Rain Boots

 Watering Can

Concrete Umbrella

Furry Plate

Kamprani explains this project on its facebook page as “a collection of deliberately inconvenient everyday objects, started as a twisted sadistic design project. It messed up its creator’s head (and the heads of people she knows). It exists in sketches and 3-D visualizations and has no meaningful purpose. It’s a parasite in the world of materialism and design.”

This collection inspires me to think of how people use their daily object, why and what are they trying to complete by using the objects. What is implied by the form and material of objects?

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