Seaboard RISE, inheriting the unique expressiveness from the Seaboard Grand, is the first attempt to the majority of the market - MIDI controller. The sophisticated outcome not only introduces a revolutionary vision to the industry but also represents the best-built Seaboard since ever. The design remains the minimalism from the previous version and also ambitiously pursue another level of slimness from the original architecture.
Role: Lead product designer/Design manager
Release: 2015 September
*iF Design Award 2016, Gold Award *CES Innovation Award 2016 , Best of Innovation
One-Third is designed to be a tangle-free earphones solution by employing magnetic force and geometric arrangement.
While the wired earphones are still popular by virtue of their portability and reliability, the tangling of cables often causes frustration for their users. Unlike earphones in the current market which reply on additional components such as cable tidies or clips, One-Third introduces a standalone measure that can solve this issue effectively by bonding the earbuds and audio jack seamlessly via strong magnetic force and matching polygonal relationship so it prevents any of the three ends interweaving and gradually occurring mass. In addition to above, the ease of use can also significantly enhance the efficiency to store aside on the move and help with the any particular intentional arrangement.
Concept: 2015 April
*iF Design Award 2016: Professional Concept - Winner *Red Dot Award: Design Concept 2015 - Best of the best
Seaboard Grand Stand
Seeking for the true harmony with Seaboard Grand LFE (Limited First Edition) was the fundamental brief of this project. The stand achieved the supreme stability and honest aesthetics by constructing with mere 7 machined aluminium segments.
Role: Product designer
Seeking for the automated process for duplicating the original 100% hand made keywave was a challenging process. However, the exploring journey was rewarding and precious to gain the unique knowledge for the property of elastomer material.
A range of outdoor furniture proposal.
The concept is employing the technique of shrink fitting on the structure for furniture, which is based on the principle of Thermal Expansion - various elements such as metal, expands when it is heated, and contracts when it is cooled. (The images above show the scientific experiment explaining the phenomenon.) This is a new method of jointing without the need for any additional elements, such as screws, glue and solder, only applying with heat. Shrink fitting, applying the change of temperature to join different parts together without any medium, is commonly used in the engineering field. However, it is a novel method in furniture design. I started to explore the potential of this principle in furniture design with an aim to reveal its value to people.
Tea drinking is regarded as an important tradition for the British culture, the idea of replacing the original tags attached onto the ends of tea bags to a coaster/mat is to solve problems for where to place dripping wet tea bags after we use them. The coasters are embossed with disc shapes, printed with invisible hidden images or messages dependent on the manufacturer’s choice. Each coaster acts as a plate for the soaked tea bags to avoid them from dripping everywhere. Once the tea bags are placed onto the coaster, the tea soaks in and stains to reveal the hidden image which can be used for various different purposes, such as commercially (e.g., advertising for shops, companies and products, or for the 2012 Olympics, images on the left), in cafes and restaurants, or as surprise messages (like the fortune cookie), or even as souvenirs for London (embossed with iconic symbols of the city). The market potential of this product is therefore, huge.
This project was inspired by the knowledge of punching and press break processes and the design of Stamp Chair from Tom Dixon. The design aimed to meet the standard of industrial process and also to achieve the simplicity and beauty for a furniture project. The outcome was disciplined by the machinery limitation and theoretical capability, and was developed by the optimistic perspectives, and finally was delivered the concept through the computer.