Spark Jewelry Stand by Yike Liu

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Spark

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Jewelry Stand

INSPIRATION:
Beyond shine, the brightest star, as the slogan of this product, it is inspired by the firework and sparkler. More than demonstrating the elegance and delicacy of jewelry, the idea behind this design is to echo an emotion of shine your light with the user. From the reflection of the mirror, Spark is just like the brightest rising star crossing the night sky. We decorate ourselves with jewelry. Meanwhile, the beauty of the jewelry is further highlighted by the confidence of their master.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
As a family of highly customized jewelry stand, Spark consists of a mirror, two stands, and a base part. The smaller stand either supports the mirror or serves as an adaptor to transform the mirror as an extended platform. The spark shaped stands and the crisscrossed notch naturally works together as a holder, which easily fits all kinds of jewelry. With the classic combination of brass and marble, Spark presents the glory of jewelry and recreates a soft visual enjoyment for the user.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Users can choose to buy the whole set of jewelry stands or simply purchase a customized combination. The setup can be assembled by plugging the stands into the base. By rotating the stands, jewelry can be placed and removed conveniently. The notches on the smaller stand are for hanging rings, bracelets or earpieces; moreover they are also perfect mirror holders by putting it down. If more room is preferred, the small holes near the edge of the mirror can be locked together with the smaller stand to work as an extended stable platform. Finally, the lower branch of the bigger stand is distributed in the notches upward and downward, which allows users to wrap longer necklaces.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project began in Philadelphia in October 2019 and was completed in Philadelphia in early December 2010.

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

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The spark shaped stand consists of brass rods. Since the joint point of them is too small to apply welding or soldering, a metal cast connector is customized to connect the branches together by epoxy glue. For the mirror, with the three-layer stack technique, it is embed between the two layers of brass. The brass edge is designed higher than the glass mirror to avoid friction from different layers effectively. The base part is made of marble with brass in the middle, so the slot fits perfectly to the mirror and helps the user find the lock position easier. At last, there is an additional layer of felt below the base part to avoid scratches on the table. All the marble, brass sheet, and glass mirror components are cut by water jet machine.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Jewelry Stand Set:290mm x 185mm x 340 mm Mirror Part: 150mm(Diameter) x 3mm Small Stand Part: 90mm x90mm x160mm Big Stand Part: 125mm x 125mm x 320mm Base Part: 255mm x 125mmx 25mm

TAGS:
Jewelry Stand, Sparkling, Marble and Brass, Beauty, Reflection, elegant, Motivating, High-end, Necklace, Bracelet

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
In the early user research, I found that a lot of people have trouble organize jewelry, such as can not find a suitable place to place them, storage place is not near the mirror, jewelry stand is not beautiful enough, and so on. In the design, I tried to solve people's complaints about jewelry stand in the past and bring a highly customized jewelry stand to meet users' needs. Meanwhile, the research on Spark also focuses on material selection and production. After studying samples of different kinds of Marble, I finally decided to use Carrara Pietra Marble Honed Marble which matches the brass perfectly. The construction adhesive was selected as the base part adhesive in multiple tests.

CHALLENGE:
For creativity, the first challenge is to integrate the shape of the scattered sparks with the function of the jewelry rack. Secondly, the sparkling shape is also challenging for manufacturing. For aesthetic purpose, the joint point for the sparks is designed as a small scale and brings a problem for welding the other rods on it. Therefore, a connector at the center of the radiation is more favorable for assembling the rods together instead of welding them. After several times of prototyping and testing, the connector that maximally keeps the appearance of the original design is achieved. For the base, since all the raw materials of marble are thicker than expectation, which impairs the desired product effect, so the marble tile is finally utilized.

ADDED DATE:
2020-01-27 05:56:25

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IMAGE CREDITS:
All photos, images, sounds, and video are credit by Yike Liu.

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Yike Liu

PROFILE:
Yike Liu is a second-year graduate student at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, USA with a keen interest in product design, design research, user experience design and interface design. Throughout three years of work experience in China Southern Airlines, she has been an avid observer, thinker, team collaborator. She believes the design is able to warm the world and bring people closer together.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Spark Jewelry Stand by Yike Liu is a Nominee in Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design Category.

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Spark Jewelry Stand by Yike Liu is Winner in Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design Category, 2019 - 2020.



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