Expand Your Emotional Space
This project represents an attempt to design products that can emotionally enrich and respond to occupants of small apartments by creating meaningful relationships with their products and home. By creating a framework of what might be considered ‘emotionally valuable’ in a home, I designed a series of speculative products that demonstrate how emotional design could augment the lived experience of the occupants.
MoBot (Memento Robot) is a small (hypothetical) robotic CNC router on wheels that emerges from a hiding spot on occasion to carve small irregular undulation into floorboards that are sensed by bare feet but hardly seen. These random undulations create a unique ever-changing sensual textural map that becomes temporal mementoes and accumulates, as does your connection and relation with the home.
Tea Party is a collection of aluminium teapot and cups that upon purchase are perfectly domed on the bottom and therefore unusable. An elegant hammer is provided requiring the user is to strike the base of the cups, carefully working them until they can sit flat, creating a significant, memorable and highly personal event, connecting the user to the product beyond its monetary or functional value.
Hold Me/Don’t Hold Me (Emotionally Dynamic couch) attempts to physically modify its material state to suit the user’s emotional condition. Each layer can fold, roll or bend to create a new use, with texture and material, allowing users to create their ideal situation for whatever activity they might be doing.