Portable Living Suitcase, Lunchbox, Drawer & Container by Esteemed Designer

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Portable Living

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Suitcase, Lunchbox, Drawer & Container

INSPIRATION:
Architecture, lego toys & consumerism

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
My artistic goal is to explore the way people inhabit and understand spaces. To express that idea, I made lunchboxes, suitcases, drawers and storage containers which contain living spaces inside. My work illustrates portable and instant lifestyles which are prevalent in our society. I chose legos because they are associated with architectural forms, which have industrial and mechanical functions. I create lighting effects without using electricity. I use fluorescent plexiglas to make my work glow like neon lighting. I also made home-like structures encased in forms resembling consumer products, like storage containers. To me, a house is a giant container that holds everything we own, including ourselves. This new work is constructed from semi-translucent white and fluorescent plexiglas, and legos – with the addition of mirrored surfaces and more complex interior patterns and designs, creating a wide array of optical variation in the interiors as well as on the exterior surfaces. My integration of house into container, or vice-versa, plays on the idea that the functional similarities between the two are interchangeable, and that either one could potentially store the other.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Viewers can open and close all of the products and store things inside. Drawers can have different views depending on whether they're opened or closed. When opened, the space inside expands. When closed, the space is condensed. Viewers can see the differences through the lego windows.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
New York, NY

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Arts, Crafts and Ready-Made Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Legos, Fluorescent Plexiglas, Semi-Translucent White Plexiglas & Stainless Steel, laser-cutting, plastics adhesive

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Dimensions: 1. Diner Lunchbox. 203.2 x 114.3 x 228.6 mm. 2. Highrise II. 431.8 x 254 x 711.2 mm. 3. Containers. 660.4 x 406.4 x 1778 mm. 4. Green Room Drawer. 203.2 x 635 x 254 mm. 5. Mounted House Drawer. 406.4 x 406.4 x 203.2 mm. Technical properties: 1.“Diner Lunchbox” is lunchbox-sized sculpture, created to highlight the concept that lifestyles can be as portable as an everyday container. The shape of the white windows reminds me of a diner restaurant in a rural place.2.Highrise II” is a traveling suitcase. It has a handle and hinges so that it can be opened, closed, and carried. It contains 144 lego windows. 3."Containers" is resembling consumer products commonly seen in container stores. I cut fluorescent plexiglas and attached them inside the box so that viewers can only see the reflections as patterns from the back of the boxes. You can see the interiors through windows and doors. The bottom of the boxes are covered with mirrors, creating optical and holographic illusions. 4.“Green room drawer” is a drawer that holds personal belongs. It has a handle so that you can open and close. It functions like a real drawer. 5. "Mounted House Drawer" is a drawer mounted on a wall. I cut out isometric fluorescent plexiglas patterns and attached them on the back. The square section is a drawer. But when you open the drawer, the isometric drawing brakes drawing pattern allowing a architectural space. I can imagine making only frame structures of apartment buildings and hang our own apartment on our favorite floor. When we are ready to move, we can take it down and carry to other places. It will be a good idea to manipulate our spaces.

TAGS:
Sculpture, Design, Luggage, Containers, Furniture, Drawers, Legos, Plexiglas, Lunchboxes

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
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CHALLENGE:
I have only created rectangular- and square-shape products. In the future, I would like to create deformed or irregular cubic shapes or round shapes. These works have to be made by creating molds.

ADDED DATE:
2010-09-08 06:28:03

TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
NO TEAM

IMAGE CREDITS:
Esteemed Designer, 2010.

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Portable Living Suitcase, Lunchbox, Drawer & Container by Esteemed Designer is a Nominee in Arts, Crafts and Ready-Made Design Category.

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Portable Living Suitcase, Lunchbox, Drawer & Container by Esteemed Designer is Winner in Arts, Crafts and Ready-Made Design Category, 2010 - 2011.



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