Graduates of the industrial design program show the results of their work in end products meant to improve our well-being and our surroundings. A roundup of novel creations
I Am Not Garbage Chair
Borrowing from the eco-savvy I Am Not a Plastic Bag trend that made environmentalism a runway statement, Toronto designer Peter Wehrspann, MDes/12, continues the information-as-ornamentation element in this sleek chair. Imprinted on the silkscreened seat is a shocking stat from viral video The Story of Stuff—we dispose of 99 percent of the household goods we buy within six months.
Bottle Opener Pendant
Call it campfire couture—this stylish pendant by Vivian Cheng, BID/05, is modern and versatile. It opens beer bottles and looks good. The self-described “geek chic” founder of Blend Creations offers customized maps printed on stainless steel, sure to impress any microbrew connoisseur.
Bryce Rutter, BID/79, and his company, Metaphase Design Group, combine design and kinesiology to create ergonomic products that range from industrial sewing machines to safety glasses to medical instruments—but it’s their iconic Gatorade bottle that most people will see. It singled out Metaphase as a company that combines good design with brand recognition and sensitive, touchable products.
The Actar D-fib training mannequin was designed by Dianne Croteau, BID/80, and Richard Brault, BID/82, and is the standard model used in cardiopulmonary resuscitation training around the world. Croteau and Brault co-founded Toronto’s Studio Innova in 1983.
Blink Ev Station
Appropriate for both commercial and residential locations, these stations move us one step closer to cutting our petrol addiction. Howard Nuk, BID/00, a designer in San Francisco, is now working to have these intuitive chargers installed throughout the United States; the plug-in experience includes feedback on the vehicle’s energy consumption and the most inexpensive times to charge, all delivered via a smart phone app.
Skora Running Shoes
Skora footwear is billed as the “un-running shoe” because it feels much like running barefoot—but without all the hazards. The design encourages natural biomechanical movement. Toronto designer Richard Kuchinsky, BID/01, worked with master pattern makers and mould shops this past spring, leading the project from conception to market. It’s receiving rave reviews from barefoot enthusiasts and tech geeks alike.
Timothy Fagan, BID/99, aimed to incorporate the forces of nature—and the aerodynamics of winter sports gear—when he designed the torch for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, B.C. Fagan and his team from Bombardier worked with a different set of parameters: rather than a cauldron within the portable torch, for the first time the flame unfurled from a slice in the side of the instrument.
This simple stackable chair by Karim Rashid, BID/82, was an instant hit when it launched the Umbra furniture series in 1999. Named for the word you say when you sit down in this comfy chair—not to mention its accessible price point of $80—the design has since become a contemporary classic.