Unpool is a seating system made of four plywood and mesh ‘wave slices’. With a plywood frame and an alternating netted and wood surface, the waves undulate, varying in height from 18 in to 3 ft high. On top of each bench is a mixed variety of abstracted inflatable chair and pool toy-like cushions. Visitors are invited to sit both on these cushions and on the netted top of the wave itself. Unpool is a wild and wavy pool party, an oasis to connect with friends during a hot urban summer and a relaxing, calm place to lounge.
Unpool was created for the Village au Pied-du-Courant 2018 in Montreal, QC. The Village au Pied-du-Courant is an urban living lab for experimentation and development of new practices in design. It is created new every year; it aims to revitalize unused urban space and connect the community.
Come get cool in the Unpool!
Photos by: Hannah Materne, Ali Dykstra and Jean-Michael Seminaro
Renderings by: Hailey Turcato
Installation (2016) Designed in collaboration with Julia Panchyzna, Melanie Palapuz, Maria Mahdessian and Le Nguyen.
Longhand explores the complexity of our identities and how we can express them in a moment in time. Stemming from Taiye Selasi’s TedTalk on the 3R’s (Rituals, Restrictions, and Relationships) identity is much more than “where” we are from, it is where we are a “local”. With this in mind, Longhand aims to explore identity through gestural expression at a specific moment: how do people express their identities through writing and contributing to a greater, public space? By interacting with the piece the participant is encouraged to contribute, play, and question this very intention. Longhand invites people to write a “message” or story on a piece of paper and hang it in the installation. Within this action the participants are invited into an exploration of identity. Longhand was displayed at Concordia’s 2016 Design Exhibition, Spectrum.
Customizable Lamp (2015)
Increscent is an additive, adjustable and customizable lamp. The lamp allows the user to choose the amount of light emitted through the reorganization of its pieces. Increscent includes two modular lighting pieces and one wooden base that provides electricity. The wooden base is flipped to turn the lamp on and off. When pieces are not in use they can be placed under the base controlling the amount of light emitted. This allows for the amount of electricity used to be controlled. In addition the pieces can be reorganized and flipped to customize the shape of the lamp. Increscent was made using 3D printing and CNC milling. It uses magnetic connections to attach each piece and conduct electricity. Increscent uses a rechargeable battery that can be charged using a mini-usb cable.
Washington Blvd Pull Project
Public Space Maquette (2015)
Washington Boulevard Pull Project is a redesign of Washington Boulevard in Detroit, MI. The boulevard has a wide median going down the centre. It is a large green space with many trees, but there is no infrastructure inviting people to use the space. The project focuses on the concepts of fragility, balance, modularity and connectivity. The redesign of Washington Blvd aims to revitalize the Boulevard into a safe community space through the implementation of seating and lighting throughout the median. Through the use of tensegrity, the unique suspended lighting fixtures are held together using tensioned cables. They aim to draw people to the boulevard and play with the idea of balance. The lighting fixtures can be varied and placed along the median creating connectivity throughout the space. Tensegrity is a concept coined by Buckminster Fuller, but the particular type of tensegrity used in The Washington Boulevard Pull Project was patented by Kenneth Snelson. The seating elements aim to provide an area for users to connect in the space. The lighting will be integrated into the base of the seats. The seats are concentrically arranged and rotatable allowing them to adapt to different social situations.
Proposed site for installation
Parc d'Espoir Redesign
Public Space Maquette (2014)
Parc de l’Espoir is in Montreal, QC. It was created in memory of the people in Quebec who have died from AIDS. The park was started spontaneously by a group called ACT-UP Montreal. In 1991 the group finished a protest in an empty lot on the corner of Saint-Catherine and Rue Panet. The group tied 1 200 black ribbons around the tree branches in this lot. After that the public continued this tradition leaving ribbons in the trees and other personal items on the site. In 1997 the park was officially inaugurated as a memorial to people who had died from AIDS in Quebec.
This project is a redesign of Parc de l’Espoir. It aims to maintain the interactive nature of the park and its presence as a shared space in the community; while at the same time creating a space that is more cohesive and that celebrates life instead of death. This maquette of the redesigned park displays a wire canopy created for people to hang ribbons and other memorial objects on, continuing the original tradition the park started with. It also displays sliding benches/stepping stools to help the public hang ribbons and to create a public space for gathering.
Table (2013) Designed in collaboration with Sydney Cornett.
Nook is a coffee table designed with the idea of biomimicry in mind. It was inspired by the hexagonal shape of honeycombs. This structure demonstrates sustainable use of resources. Bees create hexagonal honeycombs because they use the least amount of material to make a shape that will hold the most volume. Inspired by this resourceful concept, we created a hexagonal table with space for storage. The pattern on the tabletop is a 2D view of the trihedral pyramidal shape at the bottom of a honeycomb. This pattern creates an optical illusion on the tabletop. Nook takes advantage of the sustainable structure of the honeycomb to create a table that uses less material to create the most storage space underneath.