Pebbles Plant Pots by Aristotelis Barakos

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Pebbles

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Plant Pots

INSPIRATION:
The project Pebble is inspired by the pebbles found on beaches and river sides. Because of their organic forms and their smooth porous surface, pebbles are usually things people like to touch and hold in their hands. Their characteristic surface and form is the result of an everlasting process of polishing through the friction of water. The structure and design of the Pebbles presented here, intend to reproduce the sense of the harmonic co-existing of the natural pebbles and the microorganisms that grow on them, while sculpting their surfaces.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Pebble is an artifact made of concrete. It is designed to meet the requirements of both indoor and outdoor pots and it is ideal for the small plants of a house or the garden. I have chosen concrete to manufacture Pebble, since concrete texture resembles the porous texture of the pebbles found in nature. On the top part Pebbles have small halls for the plants to fit in. Pebble pots aspire in a way to carry indoors the organic sense and tactility of the pebbles people usually encounter on a trip to nature outdoors.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Pebble plant pots can be used for indoor and outdoor plants. Every pot is composed of two parts: the lower part forms a space which receives the soil with the plants. The top part forms a lid, which is removed by the user in order to check the internal space. At the bottom of every pot, is a hole to allow excess water to flow out.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started in 2013 and finished September 2014 in Athens, Greece.

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Polystyrene foam is used to sculpt the shapes of the prototypes. A rubber jacket is applied to get molds for the production of the final concrete artifacts.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Large Pebble: 300 mm x 220 mm x 120 mm Medium Pebble: 170 mm x 150 mm x 120 mm Small Pebble: 140 mm x 130 mm x 95 mm

TAGS:
Pebble, Concrete, Indoor, Outdoor, Plant Pot, Gardening

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
The Research began with the observation of human behavior, where I realized the positive emotions pebbles generate to human beings. By collecting interesting pebbles at beaches and river edges I researched the forms and surface qualities of natural stones sculpted and polished through the friction of water.

CHALLENGE:
The most challenging parts of this creative process were the sculpting process of the foam prototypes and the choice of the production method that would resemble the textures of pebbles on the product surface. The first material option Samot, a ceramic mortar, was rejected because of the high production costs. Molded concrete is the final material, chosen because of the much lower production costs and because of the surface quality whose texture resembles the porous texture of pebbles.

ADDED DATE:
2015-02-06 13:37:51

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IMAGE CREDITS:
Image #1 : Photographer Alexis Josephidis, 2014
Image #2: Photographer Alexis Josephidis, 2014
Image #3: Photographer Alexis Josephidis, 2014
Image #4: Photographer Alexis Josephidis, 2014
Image #5: Photographer Alexis Josephidis, 2014


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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Aristotelis Barakos

PROFILE:
After years of working as a model maker and constructor for major international film and museum productions, Aristotelis Barakos enrolled for a BA in Product Design at AKTO Art & Design College in Athens and graduated in 2013. Through his work, he strives to speak a global language while maintaining his own dialect, which reflects elements of his local culture. His vision is to create unique and human-centered products, by combining technology with human factors, ergonomics and design thinking. With every design project, he begins with an initial display, using both hand-drawn sketches and computer graphics. He then moves on to constructing working mockups and 3D prototypes at a scale, which provides for a natural three-dimensional representation of the object. This creative dialogue raises the level of inventiveness in his work and assists him in turning his ideas into something tangible, something that clients can feel with their own hands. Moreover, he engages in teamwork with engineers and other disciplines to further refine these ideas and get the most out of them. The products Aristotelis has designed range from ceramics, pieces of furniture and every-day objects to state-of-the-art technological devices and systems. In 2014, he designed the Gokey Charger, Cable & Locator, which raised over 1 million dollars at an Indiegogo campaign and is now in the production phase. Aristotelis has showcased his projects at several design exhibitions in Athens and has been included in the fourth edition of FUTURE TALENTS 2014 competition, which is featured in the July/August 272 issue of the Italian OTTAGONO design magazine.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Pebbles Plant Pots by Aristotelis Barakos is a Nominee in Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Pebbles Plant Pots by Aristotelis Barakos is Winner in Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design Category, 2014 - 2015.



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