muji / strange objects: ipee

 

The Cooper Union
Master of Architecture II | Fall 2015
Strange Objects
Professor: Michael Young

 
 
 

“At a time when many design professionals concern themselves
with designing interactions, experiences, and services, it seems timely to reconsider the role of objects in design.”

From “The Object Strikes Back: An Interview with Graham Harman”

 This project reconsiders objects and their role in design. According to philosopher Graham Harman, his philosophy is object-oriented in that it treats objects as real but with hidden depths. This project approaches a mundane object in multiple perspectives and treat them as not just “not-humans” but have their own qualities and relations. Students were told to get one random object from Muji store and my group (total 2) chose a plastic comb. Starting with analysis of its form, the visual, we imagined and explored in a variety of ways that we have never done before with any objects, beyond what it is seen and being used for.

 
 
 
Object, comb, from Muji store.

Object, comb, from Muji store.

Created 3D model of the plastic comb from Muji store in order to understand its form, structures, physicality, the basics. After that, divided the comb into three main parts according to their shapes, materiality, and role. The division inspired to think about the interiority of the object, space within it. Merged protruding parts to the interior space of the comb. Not a comb any more. 

Created 3D model of the plastic comb from Muji store in order to understand its form, structures, physicality, the basics. After that, divided the comb into three main parts according to their shapes, materiality, and role. The division inspired to think about the interiority of the object, space within it. Merged protruding parts to the interior space of the comb. Not a comb any more. 

 
 
 
The interior space of comb, imagining it as a different material, a mirror finished metal. Developed the form by using programs such as Rhinoceroes and Z-brush. The programs became tools to develop the forms and gave chances to rethink about the form’s role or properties.

The interior space of comb, imagining it as a different material, a mirror finished metal. Developed the form by using programs such as Rhinoceroes and Z-brush. The programs became tools to develop the forms and gave chances to rethink about the form’s role or properties.

 
Material - glass

Material - glass

Material - leather

Material - leather

 
A previously-comb object was re-imagined as a musical instrument, a spaceship near the moon, an abandoned submarine under deep ocean water with living organisms around it, and an ancient artifact found by archaeologist.

A previously-comb object was re-imagined as a musical instrument, a spaceship near the moon, an abandoned submarine under deep ocean water with living organisms around it, and an ancient artifact found by archaeologist.

 
The final developed form was imagined as a portable electronic product from Apple that can collect and evaporate pee anytime without going to restrooms, called “iPee.” It can be charged with battery, from car also. This is the poster of iPee, “Evolution in every dimension.” 3D printed the model, colored and polished, in black/silver/white, small/large.

The final developed form was imagined as a portable electronic product from Apple that can collect and evaporate pee anytime without going to restrooms, called “iPee.” It can be charged with battery, from car also. This is the poster of iPee, “Evolution in every dimension.” 3D printed the model, colored and polished, in black/silver/white, small/large.

 
Tried to make it as real as it can so people could get confused if it is real or not. We created a website pages for iPee, same format as exiting Apple website. Different versions, different capacity (ounces, child or adult), different colors, and option for custom finishes. Just like iphones or ipads. 

Tried to make it as real as it can so people could get confused if it is real or not. We created a website pages for iPee, same format as exiting Apple website. Different versions, different capacity (ounces, child or adult), different colors, and option for custom finishes. Just like iphones or ipads. 

 
iPee analyzes your health state by analyzing your pee. If you download an iPee application from Apple store, you can connect the device and get results from database. It also has an Apple care/insurance system.  iPee would result in changes not only in architecture and interior design but also social and cultural changes in this society since there is no more need for restrooms. Maybe instead of restrooms, it will require iPee areas like smoking areas. Imagine public buildings without restrooms but curtained iPee area.

iPee analyzes your health state by analyzing your pee. If you download an iPee application from Apple store, you can connect the device and get results from database. It also has an Apple care/insurance system.  iPee would result in changes not only in architecture and interior design but also social and cultural changes in this society since there is no more need for restrooms. Maybe instead of restrooms, it will require iPee areas like smoking areas. Imagine public buildings without restrooms but curtained iPee area.