'Nous is a collection of young designers, connected by a pragmatic and intelligent approach to their work. During London Design Festival 2013 Nous will be presenting thoughtful objects that respond to research, explore process or observe behaviour.'
The exhibition curation and build was done by Matt Marshall, Sam Gordon and myself. The materials were recycled from the Design Museum after the 'Designs of the Year' exhibition had ended. The laminated MDF and aluminium extrusions formed the tables and plinths used within the space. An angled piece of 4x4 creates the only joint needed to connect the custom made trestles to the table tops. This was held in place by a cut of 'T' section aluminium extrusion.
Nous was part of the London Design Festival, located at Wilkes Street Gallery (4 Wilkes Street, London, E1 6QF) and was open from the 17th - 22nd of September 2013.
Are you tired of getting the wrong ingredients in your tea?
This design is a simple solution to the issue that people find when having to make multiple cups of tea or coffee. By writing the ingredients down on the tray beforehand you can guarantee that everyone gets what they asked for, and not milk or an extra teaspoon of sugar.
Made from MDF coated with blackboard paint.
Hollow - Ceramic Making
To make something out of ceramic you first need a pattern. This was made out of Jelutong shaped using a lathe. The pattern is then used to make the plaster mould, one half at a time, using clay to make the shape and locators.
When both sides of the mould have been made and then left to dry out, the slip can then be poured in, left for a while for the edge to dry, and then poured out. This gives you a skin (the thickness is determined by the time the slip is in the mould). The skin can then be trimmed up, glazed and fired to finish. This project was great because it is always exiting learning a new process.
Model Making - Rexel Stapler Replica
First ever project at Kingston University.
The brief was to make an exact replica of a Rexel Stapler. We were given the dimensions and materials to make the object and the final outcome was all made by hand.
The main red components were made from Jelutong, which were cut to shape on a band saw and then carved by hand using custom made sanding jigs. These were then drilled and chiselled to house the inner mechanism, which was made from a combination of steel and aluminium. The steel was filed by hand and the aluminium was milled on a milling machine. The Jelutong components were then sealed, primed and painted, whilst the metal components were sealed with a clear lacquer.
The Good Journey - Cycle Bus
Sam Lloyd & Sang Jun Park
Cycling in London is a dangerous option for many commuters. Our concept was designed not only to help cyclists, but anyone who wants to exercise and save money on the way to work.
Cycle Bus is a single decker that has had the interior changed to, well, a spin class. Only four normal seats remain. The remaining seats have been replaced with an electric version of a spin bike. The bus runs completely on electricity and the battery is charged fully when the bus is not in use. Commuters use the spin bikes to generate power for the bus, charging the battery throughout the day, particularly in the rush hours.
By generating electricity, they get a cheaper fare. By touching their Oyster card on the bikes screen, it records how long they have been cycling and calculates their distance. The longer they cycle, the cheaper the fare is. Simple.
‘Cycle Bus‘is safe, green, healthy and social. By cycling inside of a bus, commuters are a lot less likely to be killed by one. A bus that runs on electricity is much better for the environment, especially in London. Commuters can also exercise during their commute, which could save around 2 hours everyday.
These days, commuters keep to themselves and do not socialise with their fellow passengers. Spin classes spark social interaction. Furthermore, instead of just standing at bus stops waiting, commuters can use this time to stretch, improving their flexibility, and contributing to their good health.