Quad Rugby is an extreme-contact wheelchair sport played on a basketball court where players ram and block their opponents to gain possession of the ball and cross the goal line. Centaur is a Quad rugby offensive chair that turns the users’ disabilities into capabilities on the court. The chairs’ comfort, agility and movement behave as an extension of the players’ bodies, freeing them of their bodies’ limits.
Credits: German Aguirre Raeder of Art Center College of Design
Vinyl records are currently experiencing a resurgence in sales. The goal of this project was to help the premium European brand Sennheiser appeal to younger adults. The Sennheiser Eco Vinyl Turntable is a “boxed-set” that contains a turntable and headphones. Using cost-effective materials while not skimping on performance and internal hardware, it strikes a strategic balance between cost and quality.
Credits: Matthew Lim of Art Center College of Design
Existing road safety products are heavy and expensive, as well as cumbersome to carry, transport and store. STACK is a modular, stackable alternative that allows for easy set-up and storage. The cones and delineators can be stacked together to save space during transportation and storage. Round cutouts at the top of the cones serve as grips as well as slots to house attachments.
Credits: Mike Wang of Art Center College of Design
The Orbital sunglass line is a family of sports-specific eyewear. The frames are modular, enabling users to change the aesthetics, fit and coverage. The temple arms snap onto the front frame components. The lens is sandwiched between the top and bottom front frame. Unsnapping the temple arms opens the frame to allow changing lens and frame components. All three frame styles have interchangeable components and share the same lens geometry and nose piece options.
Credits: Mark Huang of Art Center College of Design
Flameingo aims to minimize the disadvantages of fire extinguishers presently on the market. The typical cylindrical shape of most fire extinguishers is bulky, making it difficult for users to find a convenient storage location. In contrast, Flameingo, with its modern and slim design, uses less storage space. Its replaceable cartridge reduces waste. Additional functions include a pressure indicator and built-in alarm that let users check the status of the extinguisher.
Credits: Jin Woo Kim or Art Center College of Design
In Taiwan, family members burn joss paper to ensure that their loved ones make a safe passage into the spiritual world. Lien is a redesign of this cultural practice. Included in the zero-waste, all-inclusive package are organically grown materials that allow users to make their own clean-burning joss paper, adding greater value through personalization. After all rituals are completed, ashes are buried around the tomb as fertilizer, reintroducing valuable nutrients back into earth.
Credits: Jupone Wang of Art Center College of Design
The Oplei Transitional Running Shoe is targeted to athletes seeking a barefoot or minimalist-running experience. The shoe gives them guidance in the specific muscle development needed when they transition from traditional running shoes. Oplei uses intuitive features, a minimalistic form and performance-based materials that emphasize and reflect the natural development process.
Credits: Joël Greenspan of Art Center College of Design
Dexter is a comfortable and nimble work sled designed to make car maintenance fun and effortless. Combining carefully studied ergonomics and extra-large caster wheels, Dexter eases pains and strains while navigating under a car. The locking mechanism allows users to stop all four wheels using their own body weight, and features such as the integrated lights and magnetic tool rests provide important functionality.
Credits: Stéphan Angoulvant of Art Center College of Design
The BuzzBrush is a versatile two-in-one computer accessory tool that incorporates a cone-shaped brush designed to easily get in-between the keyboard keys to remove lint, dust and food particles. The microfiber pad located on the base easily cleans fingerprints from monitors and touch-screen devices. Unlike compressed air in a can, the BuzzBrush is a reusable product that, with proper care, can last indefinitely.
This boutique hotel occupies the Ames Building, a historic office building that was built in the late 19th century and was the tallest building in Boston when it was completed. Although the design for the interior pays homage to the original exterior, the designers provided a modern framework for the lobby, restaurant, and 113 renovated guest rooms. Original elements were reinterpreted to complement the elegant new design.