From 12th to 17th of July, as part of the Russian Industrial Design Festival the Park of Crafts at VDNkH held an exhibition of works created by the students of BA (Hons) Product Design under the supervision of programme leader Umberto Giraudo. Visitors could closely observe the prototypes and talk to the authors in person. Each item on display was not just a product of designer thought but an object with specific functions aimed at improving the everyday life of its users.
Maria Kukushkina invented a lamp that resembles a human eye. The IRIS lamp features an iris diagram that can be turned around by pulling on a ring, thus changing the light color. The iris diagram itself is based on the same principles as the iris and the pupil of an eye. It is scientifically proven that subdued lighting has calming effect, while cold and bright light, on the contrary, stimulates activity and productivity. This lamp might be of help for people with dyslexia, because they will be able to perceive texts better given the multi-color lighting.
Kristina Sazonova invented Netsu, an innovative grill with a special body construction that allows evenly heating fish or meat, making them exceptionally juicy. Its unique shape prevents the food from being overheated or burnt by minimizing the contact with metal surface.
Liliya Galeeva expanded the horizons of industrial design and created a jewelry collection SAYJ. While making the jewelry, the author used 3D-modelling, industrial prototyping and manufacturing, experimenting with the shape and the materials. In her works, Liliya explores the topic of anti-glamour and uses the principles of gender ambivalence.
Stepan Pyanykh demonstrated that even an object as trivial as a pillow may become an item of industrial design. Stepan presented pillows of various geometric shapes with a surface consisting of identical recurring felt elements. The most exciting part of the construction is in the lack of any junctions – elements intertwine, hang on to one another, thus forming a single enclosed seamless surface.
Yulia Dorofeeva devised a universal SHEGG construction that combines the most frequently used kitchen appliances for cooking meals from eggs. SHEGG will help you easily cut boiled eggs, separate egg yolk from the white, make a puffy omelet or perfectly round fried eggs thanks to a silicone ring. SHEGG device itself resembles a big egg and will fit any kitchen interior.
Marina Turlay presented her Birchmug collection of ceramic utensils with insertions of specially processed birchbark that protect your hands from burns. An embossed molding ornament ensures good grip, while the pattern elements form various words from Braille alphabet and serve as a message on the cup.
Throughout the duration of the exhibition, the visitors took great interest in the items on display, talked to the authors and inquired about studies at the BA (Hons) Product Design programme.