Simply put, the Minimal Pack is a 16 litre day pack designed for city use. Designed as part of a live project with outdoor specialist company Lowe Alpine, Minimal Pack offers a sustainable yet elegant and practical option.
The Minimal Pack is made just from waxed cotton and polyester thread – as few a number of materials as possible. This minimises the traceability issue that is so common within the pack industry – there are no aluminium buckles, nylon webbing trim or foam padding from unknown and untrusted sources.
1st and 4th photograph taken by Safia Megatli
British Woodland Leaf Light
Tom Raffield is a Cornish designer maker best known for his steam bent lighting products and furniture.
For this project, a variety of leaves from British trees like oak, beech and ash were hand illustrated and then digitised. To create a new lighting product these leaves were lasercut fromseveral wood veneers and hung in a sculptural chandlier formation with three lightbulbs in the centre.
The digitised leaves were also used to create limited edition accessories for Tom Raffield’s exhibit at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, titled “Artisan’s Retreat”.
beech leaf illustrations that were featured on tote bags for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014
BLOOM has clear organic connotations that link to the Eden Project, but that also describe the growing and flourishing that comes with being a graduate student. The Venn diagram logo indicates the thinking process behind product design as well as the 3 themes that our projects can be categorized into: sustainable living, health and wellbeing and community need. The final concept also contains a subtle flower shape hidden in the center.
The Localism Stool
The Localism Stool is a Cornish-based partnership between Safia Megatli and Sacha Holub – a project born from an opportunity to make.
The end product being a simple stool – but with a documented story that is as important to the end result as the 53 hours 23 minutes and 29 seconds of woodworking and weaving efforts undertaken by Safia and Sacha.
This project was an opportunity to develop hands-on skills, whilst investigating local resources and educating the consumer in how products are made.
The report provides the story behind the backpack, giving the reader insight into the thoughts and decisions that go in to designing a product. It covers the initial design brief, secondary research, primary research, 2D idea generation, 3D idea generation, feedback, user testing and the final prototype.
Project DIY explores learning through doing, educating consumers on how clothes are made through a sewing kit so they have an understanding of its value (in terms of cost, energy and time) as well as learning some level of making skill.
The outcome was a DIY toolkit, designed to make the construction of clothing, super simple. This toolkit consisted of several design solutions:
1. digitally printed fabric
2. press snaps
3. press snap tool
5. digital platform
Project DIY Report
Project DIY is a toolkit for experiential learning into how clothes are made. This document shows the development process.
BUCKLE is a 3D printed metal fastening, which is easy to install yet still adds to the aesthetics of a handmade garment. It takes a buckle-like form, with a loop on one side to secure it to a strap and a hook on the other side to form the closure. The concept gives beginner sewers another option for fastenings, rather than the usual intimidating and fiddly processes of inserting a zip or buttonhole – BUCKLE is a deceptively easy way of finishing off a handmade piece of clothing.