Boreas Alarm Clock by Ladan Zadfar and Mohammad Farshad

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Boreas

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Alarm Clock

INSPIRATION:
One of the most important aspects of design, is to pay attention to all different groups of users and to have an understanding of their needs.The designers felt there is an opportunity to create a new alarm clock for people with hearing disabilities and also people who are capable of hearing.The designers has added the sense of touch to alarm clock using wind blowing.The shape was inspired by several aspects.The first source of inspiration is the cochlea of the human ear, also the spiral form has always been considered a hypnotic symbol. One of the most important inspirations of this design was the fact that the shape of this alarm clock represents the true nature of time and that’s that “the time is passing”, it is not repeating but it is passing and this shape can bring this message to the user!

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Boreas is an alarm clock specially designed for people with hearing disabilities, it was meant to bring a new level of communication between user and object. After setting the presented alarm clock, it will wake the user with blowing wind and change the temperature according to the season ( decrease in the temperature in winter and increase in the temperature in summer). The wind blowing and change of the temperature can softly bring a person to the stage of awakening. On the other hand, the designers have also considered the sound alarm but it is different than other sound alarms. The sound alarm is the sound of an ancient Armenian instrument called “Duduk” and the reason for choosing such alarm sound was the fact that this instrument is a wind instrument and its sound complements the functionality of the design. The clock face is in the center of spiral and therefore after the user set the clock, he/she can no longer see the clock face, by placing the cochlea’ s end towards his/her sleeping place and thus the anxiety caused by checking the time will be prevented.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The presented design is an alarm clock specially designed for people with hearing disabilities and also applicable for people capable of hearing. The designers added the sense of touch to the sense of hearing by adding wind blowing system to the alarm clock. The shape of the design was inspired by the cochlea of human ear and also the fact that this form represent the nature of time which is not a circle of repetition but it is a passing element.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started in October 2020 and finished in January 2021.

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Furniture Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The presented design could be made of different materials,such as plastic, wood, porcelain and copper. There is an air pump inside the device that the user can set it according to the season. Behind the clock there are air inlet grooves for air suction. For sure like every clock there are clocks mechanical parts and engine installed inside the alarm clock. The presented design has been designed for two different directions, so that the user can easily choose which side of the bed they prefer to place the clock.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
The maximum height is 280 mm, the maximum width is 93 mm, the maximum length is 245 mm

TAGS:
Boreas Alarm clock, Wind, Blow, hearing disability, Duduck, Cochlea, Hypnosis, Time, Sound

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
The designers had to study the exciting solutions in the market and find the problems and difficulties then focus on overcoming those problems. The designers did a vast research on the best ways for awakening people using different senses and creating the best possible mood for the user.

CHALLENGE:
The challenge was to design according to our target group’s needs and comfort and also to create a shape that can best represent the idea and the story behind the design.

ADDED DATE:
2021-03-30 21:22:05

TEAM MEMBERS (2) :
Designer: Ladan Zadfar and Designer: Mohammad Farshad

IMAGE CREDITS:
Ladan Zadfar and Mohammad Farshad, 2020.

CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Creator studio

PROFILE:
Creator studio is a design studio which was established in 2012. Creator studio is not like other design studios, it is different in all ways. We work as a group, and we are connected to each other. We are not anticipating the future, we are creating it. We mostly care about making people's lives easier and healthier. We do not believe in human limits, we believe that there are no limitations for imagination and innovation. We look at the world the way it really is not the way we think it is so we are able to see the flaws and try to fix them.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Boreas Alarm Clock by Ladan Zadfar and Mohammad Farshad is a Nominee in Differently Abled and Seniors' Assistance Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Boreas Alarm Clock by Ladan Zadfar and Mohammad Farshad is Winner in Differently Abled and Seniors' Assistance Design Category, 2020 - 2021.



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