Interwoven is a family of objects designed for the Latin diaspora communities. The project addresses the trauma caused by the separation of undocumented families due to detention or deportation. The main artifact is Corazón, a heartbeat imitator that records the user’s pulse, generates a BPM average and recreates the pulse through a haptic motor. It proposes an alternative solution that treats and emotionally connects family members in situations of distress. The casing and charging station of Corazón is an abstraction of traditional Virgin Mary sculptures with the Venus of Valdivia, a pre-Columbian ceramic figure, which represents motherhood and fertility. It questions the lack of aesthetic inclusivity of contemporary western industrialization cannons, while representing the cultural roots and significance of religious artifacts to the Latin identity.
CHAKANA combines modernist aesthetics with traditional artisan manufacturing processes.
Profile of the chair speaks of continuous curves, reminiscence of the bent-wood and tubular bent-steel modernist forms. The hand-carved headrest and swirls are based on common embellishments found in classic European furniture during colonial times.
The organic cotton hand-made weaving combines Guatemalan artisan methods with Inca patterns and imagery, symbols of Andean culture.
The chakana, Inca symbol, depicts the 4 cardinal directions, and the three levels of existence. Hana Pacha: upper world, Kay Pacha: everyday existence world, and Ukhu or Urin Pacha: spiritual underworld.
Partitioning areas, whether home or commercial environments, is always a challenge which results in the loss of usable space.
CAOBA is a modular room divider that enables the user to specifically curate the functionality and space covered. By combining storage and shelving with modularity, it enables the user to store and display in plain sight.
The minimalist connection system allows the product to be mass produced, flat packed and disassembled when needed.
AN EVOCATIVE OBJECT FOR PRAYER & AWARENESS
AMĪ CAM was developed for the increasing abuse and detentions by ICE of the undocumented community. Enabling the possibility of uploading instantly, through a sim card, the video to a cloud. Ensuring that the evidence is safely stored and ready to be downloaded for future evidence.
Due to the financial and social restrictions, a solution for creating evidence was in need. Developing a camera which is economically accessible would bring the possibility of acquiring a security object without investing significant money on an artifact which will be taken away after detention.
Whenever there is a high-risk situation, having access to a wearable object which will always be ready to record (considering coin cell life), and which is activated with a simple motion will bring awareness to increasing injustice and enable the possibility to create evidence & advocacy without confrontation.
Each AMĪ CAM package would have a code, which can later be used to retrieve online the video by the family and community of each camera owner. Through this, it is ensured that the evidence will create awareness and justice of demographics that suffer from abuse and injustice.
Accompanying the user on important situations, whether it is to create a memory or to create evidence, AMĪ CAM will always be accessible and ready to record.
Mahogany & brass
Existing chair designs and lumbar supports do not provide proper ergonomic support for long-term sitting intervals. The materiality and form of most orthopedic products do not enable the users to maintain a correct posture for extended periods of time.
UPBRIGHT is a portable orthopedic lumbar support that provides comfort and correct posture to the user. Disabling the need of an orthopedic chair for having ergonomic support while providing aesthetic values that fit the user’s home and work environment.
Contemporary ergonomic chair for home environment use, which meets both physical support needed and lifestyle of mobility impaired adults.
Allows independence in transition from sitting to standing while providing aesthetic values that fit the user’s lifestyle and home environment. Establishing a new way of looking at ergonomic and medical furniture design by enabling the possibility of variety, and a more personalized & private space-friendly design.
To reach practicality and personalized use of the object by focusing on achieving a modern and adjustable design. Create a floor lamp that works as a table lamp in a smaller scale. Emphasize the values of the types of lamps, the physical aspects (form) and the emotional ones (ambient, experience). Diminish the polluting aspect by creating a durable design composed by minimum parts, which enables flat packaging.
ALL WOODEN JOINTERY ASSEMBLY
Retake the tradition of dinning. Bring food closer to users. Romanticize wood jointery.
STACKABLE & MODULAR DESIGN
Designed for gallery and exhibiting environments. By being stackable, it enables the stool to function as seat, high cocktail table or shelving system for display.
ERGOTROWEL is a product that provides the most in ergonomic features while maintaining the minimal in design. Gardening trowels, as any tool, have to work as an extension of the human body. For being successful, the tool needs to adapt as true as possible to the broad user demographic.
ERGOTROWEL provides two handles which allows the user to swap in-between for the best gardening results. By using sand casting as the production method, the design is one solid stainless steel piece, ensuring the durability and resistance of the product.
AMAZONIAN ECUADORIAN CUISINE: RECOGNIZING CLOSENESS BETWEEN HUMAN AND NATURE
The importance of adapting Amazonian autochthonous cuisine rests in the immediate need of normalizing and standardizing indigenous dishes for public consumption. Significant part of maintaining a culture is being able to showcase and share one’s traditions. Many communities and areas in Ecuador are completely dependent on tourism as a mean to subsist, the normalization of native cuisine elaboration will enable food business and traditions to maintain and share their gastronomy.
Secondly, there exists a need of designing a marketing plan and commercialization of the touristic product. By being an ancestral practice of food elaboration, there are not much aesthetic or embellishments around the gastronomy. Although within the communities there is a constant use of materials and “dish ware”, there is no overall style established for serving this cuisine in food establishments.
For more than 50 years, Ecuador has been subject of foreign exploitation of its petroleum reserves. Since 1964, Chevron-Texaco and many other north american companies have been responsible of the construction of refineries, the extraction of its resources and the “safe” disposal of petroleum waste. The vast majority of crude oil springs are located in the provinces of Sucumbios and Orellana, in the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest. Such provinces, are the reminiscences of the violation of environmental and human rights, which until date, no one has been held accountable for.
During the oil boom in the mid 60s, the Ecuadorian government assigned American company Texaco to apply modern day oil drilling technology in the exploitation of the newly discovered springs in the Amazon rainforest. The company focused their petroleum drilling and refinery construction in the northeast region of the Amazon; where isolated indigenous tribes such as the Cofán, Siona, Secoya, Kichwa and Huaorani sustained a harmonious lifestyle within the region’s ecosystem. Throughout the years, Texaco cut operational expenses that would later develop in one of the worst environmental catastrophes in history. Billions of gallons of toxic waste disposed into water streams, millions of gallons of crude oil spilled and hazardous residues left in hundreds of non-isolated open-air pits.
After 28 years, Texaco removed its workers and facilities from the region. Each oil spring exploited has open-air pits located around the area, which function is to contain the waste that the drilling generates. The correct way to handle this pits, is to cover them with an isolating material that prevents the toxic waste to return to the soil and contaminate the water streams nearby. From the 336 oil springs that the Texaco exploited, there are 880 open-air pits without proper protection to isolate the oil residues. The improper handling of crude oil waste has taken more than 1041 indigenous lives and the disappearance of two ancestral tribes: Tetetes and Sansahuari, all deaths due to cancer.
NEURA is a conceptual design of a wearable head device that allows the user to monitor and influence their mood in real time.
The connection between machine and biological circuitry of the brain has been achieved. Through stimulating the prefrontal cerebral cortex, humans are now able to manipulate their daily mood. The technology has reached the point it is accessible to a wider range of users.
In a sea of looking closely, distant twins float. At operatic scale, the pair cyclically performs the script of being identical… just not at the same time.
Commissioned for the Pratt Shows: Design 2019 exhibition as a collaboration between faculty and graduating students, these designers experimented with temporal interactions between unadorned forms, light, and air to imply remote communication. Iterations ranged from basic geometries to irregular forms. Arriving at a ten-armed figure within a cylindrical enclosure, the appendages transgress its bottom boundary then dissolve it when engorged.