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One Shot

It always brings a wonderful feeling to come across a product that’s functional and still materialistically lean. It inspires something inside to heighten the push to create bolder, cleaner, and simpler design solutions.

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Jasheng Wong, one of our Unbranded Designers, is the craftsman of the recently popular piece, One Shot. It’s sudden increase in likes from our community from jumping to one of the top three submissions is a testament to its wonderful design. The part that makes this piece incredible is the fact that the product is built with one piece of sheet iron. And on top of that, it only requires three simple manufacturing processes to complete it – laser cutting, metal stamping, and bending. It’s hard to get any better than that. From a manufacturing and production point of view, One Shot is golden. The design also holds a limitless number of smooth and clean lines and geometric shapes that are amplified or hidden depending on your point of view.

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From reviewing the comments, however, there are some worries that Wong’s design is more unstable than it should be. Our Unbranded Designer, Seizmic Design wrote, “Materials are certainly your biggest concern. In a close second is going to be the strength of that break at the bottom trying to support all the physics going on above. One solution might be to have two or three feet instead of just one. One way this could perhaps be done is by breaking the center foot only out of the back and breaking two feet out of the front. I think you will also wind up having to go from having a perfect radius at the bottom (which looks awesome) to having at least a little bit of a flat area (which wouldn’t look as hot, but would be more stable),” which numerous people agreed with.

Tell us what you think to help One Shot become the greatest version of itself!

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Nothing but What You Need

If you were given two minutes to design a table that was functional and aesthetically pleasing, could you do it? Two friends are the owners of a small Czech design boutique called Master&Master and so far there is only one product for sale, the Stackable table trestles.

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After a few seconds of just looking at the table, I realized that this piece is just extremely naked – there are two steel legs and a flat wooden surface. However, what makes this table interesting and beautiful is the way the legs are designed. If you’ve taken any physics or engineering courses then you’ll understand the mechanics of trusses (don’t worry, I won’t dive into explaining equations, forces, stress, etc.). Basically, these designers have utilized this common feature mostly found in architecture and engineering into this ‘simple’ table. As a result, they’ve optimized the table’s strength. Oh, and a perk to these tables are that they’re stackable!

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This design is also reminiscent of three of our Unbranded pieces – Akshat Ragava’s WM Coffee Table, Tracy Tyler’s Bent Plywood Table, and Alain Santos Monteiro’s Revi Table. Check them out!

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A Lamp that Makes You Clean the Floor

It’s always a fun experience when a piece of furniture or lighting allows (or perhaps ‘forces’ is a better word) the user to perform an action for it to properly operate. Designer Arthur Xin created a clever way for users of his lean and modern lamp to clean their floors.

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At first sight, you can’t tell that there is something different about this piece. But after a couple of days (or however long the power lasts) you’ll notice that the light will begin to dim as time goes on. There is no cord or charging mechanism. So what are you supposed to do? To make the lamp brighter again the user has to actually mop his floor with the lamp. The bending motion of lamp, the handle of the mop, is a source of kinetic energy which is then stored to as power. Clever, right? To mess with your mind even more, Xin wanted to portray a larger meaning to this product – wash away the bad to create positive energy.

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NOTE: There is a possibility that your lamp will smell….

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Bucketfeet & Unbranded Designs found at Block37

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Bucketfeet, it is a startup that has a similar mission to Unbranded Designs’ – to help artists and designers bring their work from concepts to the market. Bucketfeet, instead of working with furniture, collaborates with shoe designers. To find out more about the company’s inception and its more personal stories, check out their anecdotes here!

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Fortunately for us, Bucketfeet was searching for tables to highlight their canvases and featured shoes in their pop-up store located in Chicago’s Block37. They were eventually able to check out some our designs and had a special liking for David Greene‘s FOLD designs – a series of stools, chairs, and desks that are all  pattern cut steel, hand-folded, powder coated in countless different forms, and assembled by David and his team in Chicago. They really appreciated the uniqueness, simplicity, and yet sharp features of the FOLD tables. As a result, the Chicago startup grabbed some tables and are now using them in their Block37 pop-up store!

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Coffee table (40” x 40” x 18”), Stool (12” x 12” x 30”) Console Table (46” x 12” x 36”)

If you have time this holiday season, go to Bucketfeet’s store in Block37 and check out their awesome shoes and our equally awesome furniture!

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The Single Cord Lounge

The Single Cord Lounge chair is definitely a fun piece that I would buy to place in my apartment. The piece utilizes the materialistic properties of rope, such as its tension and yield strength, to create a reliable and interactive seating arrangement. The frame is made out of a single board of ash. Interestingly, the rope is only one 100 ft. cord as stated by its designer, Josh Shiau, who is currently and Industrial Design student at RISD.

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The-Single-Cord-Lounge_05_1383948033On a different note, this piece reminds me of another chair that utilizes a cord and its material properties as its seating arrangement. It is the Carnaval Chair and was designed by Guido Lanari. Both chairs are warm and welcoming but I cannot see them going into the same environments. Shiau’s chair can be placed in a home, apartment, or any sort of residential area whereas I can see Guido’s design being placed in a office and more corporate setting.

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Tell us where you think these two chairs would be most ideal and if they can be placed in the same setting!

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Three in One

At first glance, the Three in One by Unbranded member, Kai-ning Huang, seems like a regular curved wooden chair. But it is much more than that. It is truly a fun, interactive, and practical piece that I could really see being sold on the market tomorrow.

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It starts off as being once solid wooden chair that can be disassembled to form two more identical counterparts. The user simply pulls off the sides of the original piece, creating two miniature L-shaped seats with cushions. The original chair still retains in its original form but is now stripped of material and appears to be more naked, modern, but still welcoming. The overall curvaceous form and light colors add an extra dimension of security and invitation to the user, which definitely limits the environment this product  can be placed in. Ideally, I can see this going into a smaller home or apartment for a younger aged user who wishes to save or simply create their own space.

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One suggestion for this piece was to add a table between the two removable side-seats so that it can be a complete set. What other advice can you give Huang or is it perfect the way it is?

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Nadia Anochie: Leading the Submissions Category

Nadia Anochie is one of Unbranded’s designers who graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in 2010, majoring in Industrial Design and minoring in Furniture Design. Her portfolio exhibits a wide range of styles ranging from her submission on UD, Falling Chips, to a translucent lamp in the shape of a human heart entitled Extracted Love.

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Unlike some of our designers who bases their pieces on the manufacturing processes or commitment to materials, Nadia’s inspiration rather comes from the desire for her product to connect to as many people as possible. A connection that is not just an understanding between the designer and consumer but rather some sort of heavier bond. She aspires for her pieces to reach the viewer on a personal note to create an immediate and subtle affinity.

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Read about Nadia’s design here and vote for it to get it to the next level of refinement! She only has 35% more to go!

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Luna Ikuta, Creator of the Line Light

With a mother who is a graphic designer, Luna Ikuta, like many of our other members, has been heavily immersed in some part of the design world since early on. However, Luna began her own path into the world of art and design at the end of high school. It was at that point that she moved away from engineering and towards Industrial Design. For Luna, design became a new form of communication; a way to express herself through the created rather than just the spoken. It was through Luna’s design that she began to showcase her bi-cultural background. Her Japanese influence not only shows in the product’s aesthetics, but dictates Luna’s approach and methodology.

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Luna’s first submission on Unbranded Designs is called the Line Light. The design demonstrates her appreciation of Asian aesthetics as she created a piece that takes moves in all 3 dimensions. The Line Light’s adjustable height makes the piece more intriguing as you struggle to identify its most beautiful shape. In any form, it has the ability to be the transformative piece in any space.

Luna is currently studying at the Rhode Island School of Design as an Industrial Designer. Her next project may be her biggest challenge as she strives to design and create an entire “room” beginning with just 4 white walls. Check out Luna’s personal website to see some of her other work www.lunaikuta.com and help her Line Light hit 100% on Unbranded Designs!

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The Piano Harp’s Second Chance

I was looking through our website for new submissions and got into that trance many of us have experienced of continuously scrolling down the page, admiring the spectrum of designs. As I was going down, there was one design that forced me to quickly scroll back up. I looked at the thumbnail image again and stared at it for about five more seconds. It was so different but still so elegant – I had to look into the design more.

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Darrell Martin‘s Piano Bench is fearless. It looks like a product that could be placed in a history museum or a very industrial-styled loft in the high-rises of Chicago. According to the design description, the bench is made out of two bedposts, tobacco barn lumber, and – the highlight of the piece – a 1920s Emerson piano harp!

I don’t want this post to be about dissecting Martin’s design but rather discuss the atmosphere and life it can bring into a room. I’m assuming that, like many of our submissions, the materials drove the overall design because quite simply the piano harp is beautiful – I’ve never seen anything like it. Being from the 1920s, the piano harp by itself drives the design to another level beyond it just being aesthetically pleasing. The harp gives the bench a dimension(s) that is so hard to grasp in modern furniture – a dimension of history, which brings with it other dimensions of intimacy, mystery, love, tragedy, and countless more. Who played on the piano before it was destroyed? Where was the piano placed?

Anyways, if I were walking down an aisle full of awesome furniture and the Piano Bench was there, I’d definitely do a double take and spend more time looking at this piece. Frankly, it doesn’t look too comfortable, but it looks so sleek. 

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What do you think about his use of the Emerson piano harp? Would you put it in your living room? Comment below and check out more of Martin’s unique designs on his page!

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Michael Powers, Unbranded Designs Top Influencer

Perhaps you’ve come across his elegant and simple design, non: the table, or maybe he’s commented on one of yours. Michael Powers is a part of our community who has been an essential member in keeping the conversation between all of us who are connected to Unbranded Designs smoothly flowing. Our mission is not only to help designers bring their product to life and to the market, but it’s also simply to connect like-minded (or different-minded) individuals to each other – to create a constant dialogue so that we can also create inspiration, drive, passion, and professional relationships.

Since signing up to be a member of our community last month, Michael and his table design, non, have jumped to the front lines. Currently, non is the third most voted design at 26% after Luna Ikuta‘s Line Light, which is in first at 38%, and Saana Hellsten‘s Slider Stool, which is trailing in second at 36%.

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Though at first glance you may wonder how non has advanced all the way to third in just one month, it becomes clear after reading its background and life-story. In his ‘About the Design’ section, Michael writes, “non is an exercise in using as little material as possible to make a piece of furniture. non is made from seven pieces of scrap steel. powder coated. non. what does a table have to be?” – non is a table that cost Michael nothing, perfectly exemplifying Michael’s style of design: “Products which harness complexity to reveal simplicity.” He embraces the challenge to create his designs using materials that have been thrown away as he says in one of his replies to a comment about non – “In the past couple years I have been increasingly getting into ‘upcycling’ as it were, and looking for opportunities for reusing old materials has become part of my daily observations as a designer.”

So, check out Michael’s design and vote for it if you want to see it on the shelves! If you want to have a profile on our blog, vote more, comment more, and submit more pieces! We’d love to see you join the conversation and get involved in the community.

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