Contra Vessels by Bem Robinson

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Contra

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Vessels

INSPIRATION:
I wanted to design a product based on bringing the outdoor experience indoors through materials and processes.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The Contra vessels aims to bring the outdoor experience indoors through the use of materials colours and texture. The set is constructed with a base of zebrano wood or alabaster that represents the randomness of nature’s beauty, with a ceramic resin composite representing the comfort of the indoors by filling the cracks and imperfections.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The products interaction lies in the the differentiation of materials. The look and feel of the two materials are different and create a sense of contrast. The materials also represent both indoor and out door qualities

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project was started January 2014 using the facilities of Nottingham Trent University. The project was realised in May 2014.

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The product was made by first turning a base material (zebrano/alabster) and then I would make a feature of the object where it was cracked or deformed. This included carving a pattern or cracking the object more. The resultant cracks and gaps where filled with a ceramic resin composite to complete the peice

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Carafe : HXW 180mm x 120mm Small mug : 60mm x 50mm Large mug : 90mm x70mm

TAGS:
Contrast, Resin, Alabaster, Zebrano, Exotic

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
The manifesto for this project was bringing the outdoor environment indoors through the use of materials. I conducted my research through focus and peer groups setting up regular sessions where the subjects could interact with outdoor materials I viewed the emotional impact that each material gave them. The materials used where stone pebbles wood sticks metal cans From these sessions I was able to narrow my research down as the subjects liked the wood and stone samples, wood as it provided a sense of warmth and homeliness and stone because of its smooth feel. The decision to add a ceramic resin composite was added , due to a sense of contrast needed in the work I wanted an two opposing materials to be together in the pieces without the need of glue. As ceramic and stone or wood have not been bonded I mixed ground don porcelain with a resin substance to add to the work

CHALLENGE:
The obstacles that I overcame were finding the right materials that invoked a positive response from the user group and made them think of the outdoors.

ADDED DATE:
2014-07-28 06:00:35

TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
Bem Robinson

IMAGE CREDITS:
All images produced by Yasmin Ensor and edited by Bem Robinson

Visit the following page to learn more: http://www.bemrobinson.co.uk/project-5/
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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Bem Robinson

PROFILE:
The vessels were made in the final year of the BA product design course at NTU, the project was formed and composed in order to form a greater understanding of material applications combinations and implications that had previously been left undiscovered. That being said the client for this project is Bem Robinson as it is personal and self driven with the aim personal discovery and evaluation in materials.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Contra Vessels by Bem Robinson is a Nominee in Bakeware, Tableware, Drinkware and Cookware Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Contra Vessels by Bem Robinson is Winner in Bakeware, Tableware, Drinkware and Cookware Design Category, 2014 - 2015.



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