Knotted is a papasan style chair created to bring a modern aesthetic to dorm life.
Materials: Steel, Foam, Fabric
Processes: Steel rod bending, TIG welding, sewing, knotting
When designing this chair, I was inspired by the knitting and crocheting projects I did with my mom when growing up. I wanted a physical reminder of the hours I spent knotting away as well as a piece of contemporary furniture for my dorm room. The middle knotted section of the chair serves as both an aesthetically interesting element and an inviting seating section.
A sterling silver collection composed of a spoon, pendant, two rings, and earrings.
Materials: Sterling Silver
Processes: Lost Wax/Investment Casting
This collection was inspired by organic forms contrasted with sharp geometric shapes. The Vine Spoon and the Twist Ring most clearly exemplify the smooth, undulating forms commonly found in nature, which then transitions into the geometric with the Crescent Earrings and finishes with the Cut-Out Ring and Pyramid Pendant.
A CNC machined aluminum maze that invites the user to “water the plants.”
Materials: 3.5″ x 3.5″ x 0.375″ aluminum stock, 0.125″ acrylic sheet in various colors, slotted screw fasteners, 0.125″ steel ball bearing
Tooling: 3″ dia. carbide 6 flute shell mill, 1/8″ dia. flat end mill, 1/16″ dia. flat end mill, 3/16″ single lip carbide cutter, 1/8″ dia. center drill, 1/8″ dia. twist drill, 6-32 UNC thread former
Processes: CNC machining, lasercutting
To play the maze, one should simply get the bead of water from the watering can into the bottom of one of the carrots. For an added difficulty, one should try to get the bead of water to the bottom of four out of the five carrots. One of them is purely decorative and not meant to be “watered,” but it is only after trying to water each carrot that you determine which one cannot be watered. The leafy part of the carrots covers up the path between the carrots and so for a second one is “lost” and is unsure where exactly the ball is.
This quarter, I am working on an independent study project in wood and ceramic interactions. I am making a kitchenware set that includes a breadbox, pitcher, utensil holder, cutting board with slide-out trays, and utensils.
I used handbuilding and slab building ceramic techniques to make a breadbox, pitcher, utensil holder, and 4 four matching trays. To create a matching set of trays, I heavily relied on the use of patterns to keep dimensions consistent. Due to the shrinking nature of clay after the bisque and glaze firings, I created the ceramic pieces first so that the dimensions of the wood components could be determined based on the final size of the ceramic pieces.
Using burly maple was quite the challenge, prompting me to use a card scraper rather than a planer to level the surfaces. I machined the spoon using a ShopBot CNC and then handcarved the wooden spatulas. Currently, I am in the process of attached the wooden handles to the ceramic trays as well as sanding and finishing the other wood pieces.
A statement wine bottle opener where the functionality is seamlessly woven into the overall form.
Materials: 8″ x 8″ x 0.75” 6061 aluminum stock, steel corkscrew, post & screw
Tooling: 3” shell mill, ⅛” center drill, ¼” drill, ¼” FEM, ⅛” FEM, ⅛” BEM
Processes: CNC machining, manual mill machining
Part of my design philosophy is to create objects that not only serve a functional purpose, but also an artistic and decorative one. I also hoped this bottle opener would bring a sense of whimsy and delight to the user every time they used it in addition to serving as a conversation starter. Inspired by the scalloped quality of a corkscrew and how it reminded me of a lobster’s tail, I set out to create Sofishticated.
A ceramic container set for use as planters and desk organizers.
Materials: Stoneware, twine
Processes: Wheel throwing, hand building, macrame
I spent the summer before creating the Cinched Containers doing a fashion design/marketing internship in Italy. Inspired by this experience, I was drawn to the concept of clay as a malleable fabric. I thought about clay in its various states and its transitions: from wet to leather hard to bone dry to fired and how I could intervene within these states to treat clay as an alternative fabric.
All the pieces were bisque-fired and glazed on the interior to allow for containing liquids if the containers are used as planters. The twine was then macramed to experiment with this material as a soft but structural element that contrasted with the ceramic bottoms.
Flashlights are often designed with function in mind first, and aesthetics second. When not in use, they are hidden away in a desk or drawer. I wanted to design a flashlight that had a sculptural and artistic quality so that it could be displayed on a shelf as a decorative element in a home.
As a Design Fellow at Innovation Foundries X Fabrica in Treviso, Italy, I worked on the Rossi & Rei launch team. Rossi & Rei is a fashion start-up based in San Francisco that partners with Italian artisans to create a marketplace for custom luxury.
In order to prepare for launch, I assisted with choosing materials and color palettes for the AW 2017 line of handbags, knitwear, and hats based on trend research. I also constructed a plan the for post-purchase experience online and an email marketing strategy, and managed email and in-person communications with photographers, stylists, artisans, and journalists during pre-launch. I created mood boards for photoshoots, narrowed down customization options for products, and drafted wire frames for the website.
MINT is Stanford University's fashion & culture magazine. I served as the design director for 2016-2017, while MINT was in the process of re-launching the magazine after a one-year hiatus. This required working together with the MINT executive team to decide the new mission of the magazine. Then as design director, I determined how that influenced the artistic and creative direction of the print issues through the layout.
MINT Magazine was named "Best College Fashion Publication" in 2016 by stylecaster.com and received the "Innovation Leader Award" in 2016 from Stanford University Student Activities & Leadership. We have over 17,000 readers from 40+ countries and have done collaborations with leading fashion and cultures organizations such as Neiman Marcus, House of Future, Bloomingdales, and more.
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A sample of jewelry pieces inspired by food that I designed, created and sold through "Made by Nicolette" on Etsy.
Materials: Polymer clay, sterling silver, jewelry findings, wood
These pieces were sold online to customers in North America, Europe, and Australia as well as at craft fairs in Chicago. Before crafting each piece, I spent hours analyzing the type of food I was going to replicate in clay and then experimenting with various polymer clay techniques to achieve realistic textures and colors. The online store had a permanent collection of pieces available as pendants, rings, and earrings, as well as an option to work closely with me to create a custom order. I designed, produced, and packaged each piece and managed the website and communications with customers. In a world that is becoming increasingly focused on efficiency and manufacturability, it was an enjoyable sharply contrasted experience to meticulously craft each piece of jewelry by hand. At the same time, I happily accepted the challenge of managing several orders at once and determining where else I could cut time and cost in the manufacturing process.
In this design project for ME115B: Product Design Methods, I was tasked with creating an ergonomic design for a wireless ultrasound sensing device that a doctor or medical professional will use like a stethoscope. In addition to designing both a comfortable device (for the patient and the doctor), there were several dimension guidelines to keep in mind. The total device had to be less than 4x4x3 inches, had to house a sensor that is a 6cm by 4cm cylinder, and it had to be able to withstand 10 Newtons of force. The models were created with modulin foam through a combination of machine and hand tool forming.