The Global Blends Grinders are Multi-spice tabletop grinders that recreate iconic spice blends from countries such as Libya, Yemen, Sudan, Iran, and Syria in a fresh and hasle free manner. The grinder offers a tangible introduction to the social innovation platform, fusion collective, which is an initiative to promote connections between newcomers and local residents through creative cooking and fusion cuisine experiences. The platform provides participants with the opportunity for cultural exchange through hosting or attending cooking workshops, as well as by creating new products and recipes around the fusion theme.
A project done to use the agency of design to enhance collaborative experiences for teams working from different countries. This team project was a result of successful collaboration between teams working across London, New York and Tokyo.
This project, an exploration set to the brief "Design for our future selves", explored ways through which future probing and design can come to help create services and products for seniors and the aging community that will enhance their health, preserve their sense of freedom and connection to others. The snack society is a result of these explorations.
Concept Ideation, Design Research, User Experience Analysis/Testing, Insight Synthesis, Product and Service Development, Foresight Ideation, Rapid Prototyping, Presentation Design
Flavor is a combination of taste and scent. And no one knows ﬂavor like a chef. Charleston’s Sean Brock reminds us what Southern food is supposed to taste like by cultivating the heir-loom species with which it was once made. Among the most rare ingredients featured on his menu: Jimmy Red corn, an all-but-lost aromatic variety he helps grow a few miles away from Husk on James Island. We used the husks of a single crop as the heart of this limited-edition scent.
The Jimmy Red perfume pays homage to the Jimmy Red Corn, a fragrant aromatic hardy corn ﬁrst raised by the natives, now making its comeback through the diligent efforts of some chefs like Sean Brock. The perfume is designed to embody the preciousness of the crop, the history behind it and beautiful shape and color of the crop. The bottle’s design has subtle references to the shape of the corn, the kernel, our Native American ancestors and the husk that holds it all together.
© Maya Seetharaman
A contemporary mousepad that is designed with embedded essential oil particles using microencapsulation to imbue your everyday work experience with energy, serenity and calmness. With each movement of your mouse on olfa, a burst of aromatic smells are released to soothe your senses and activate your mind. No workday will be the same with this sensorial sleek pad.
These yin yang dishes were designed to be delightfully stackable and manufacturable through the process of metal spinning, Each individual stacking bowl comes to function as a lid to the other and can be stacked atop each other.
This project was directed towards the understanding of forces and movements that come into play in the grouping of multiple three dimensional forms, which in this case are curvilinear and rectilinear forms. The art of composing diverse pieces in this way helps train the eye in developing a sensitivity to the Influence each form's proportion has on the other elements and to the whole composition. The resultant piece showcased here is one where every element is in harmony with itself and the whole.
These highly responsive and playful liquid crystal coasters are certain to mesmerize you through their functionality and beauty. In addition to helping you take a moment to enjoy the patterns of colors and energy unique to that instance in time, these coasters function as indicators of hot and cold temparatures not only for your food but also your body! Enjoy taking a moment with these delightful coasters.
A collaborative team project exploring the future of healthcare and the ways in which emerging technologies such as nanotechnology, by design, can help augment the process of self-care and lead to efficient diagnosis and treatments.
Overall Contributions: Design Research, Product Development, On-Site Interviews, Design Management, Team Presentations and Storytelling.
A versatile garden trowel that makes gardening easy and accessible. The sleek and portable trowel's is designed to provide ample leverage and support to make the tougher aspects of uprooting and shoveling easy and natural. The form of the trowel is modelled on the streamlined shapes of plants and our hands when it cusping a piece of earth. In this way, the trowel serves as a metaphorical and literal extension of our hands, but one that can come to augment the experience of gardening for all ages.
A food exploration App, designed by my international team of designers and strategists, to enhance cultural food discovery experiences of travellers to any foreign land. The Fomonomo (Fear of missing out no more) App, to be launched first in Japan, enables easy customization of a user's dietary preferences and activity interests, which then allows a user gains his/her own personalized list of dishes to explore and the places that house them.
The patina timer is gentle vibrating desktop timer that is handcrafted and programmed to vibrate at the passing of every hour. Utilizing vibration as a means to signal the passing of an hour instead of the traditional clock face provides the user with a poetical experience of time and makes the timer universally accessible. The sleek beautiful design of the timers are brought alive by the combination of wood and metals, materials that come to embody the passing of time themselves through a patina.
Inspired by Monet.