Two New Projects by Josh Flowers

Two new projects have recently been completed. One, a minimalist bathroom vanity with an innovative 'floating drawer', the other a low-cost disposable digital camera for a music event. 

Both projects use innovative materials and techniques. The vanity utilises a Tyvek screen for the storage cabinet, that functions like paper but is water and damage resistant. The camera uses a PLA frame and a flexible clear vinyl shell that holds the internal curvolinear camera body in place. 

Have a look at the dedicated project pages for more: Horizon, Crystal Camera

Flower Chair and Field Trip win awards by Josh Flowers

The Flower Chair design has won a small competition with Street Furniture Australia. They called it 'original, marketable, and easy to manufacture' and even hinted at wanting to work further on it. Thank you SFA and looking forward to further collaboration. You can see the Flower Chair project here.

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Also announced is a prize received from Watermark International for the Field Trip concept. They called it 'a perfect fit for its target market', and complimented the 'beautiful model'. A big thank goes out to them as well. Project here.

Four semesters down, four to go by Josh Flowers

Lately I've been focusing on honing my design detailing, that is more time spent on refining the small details of a simple idea. It's an interesting approach in that working on details can un-intuitively help to steer the direction of the overall concept.

With Field Trip, I came up with a relatively simple idea (an amenities kit that looks like a book) and spent most of my time making physical models. The benefit of this was an incredibly refined idea of what worked and what didn't, and ended up with a model that I could use to scan textures for the above rendering. 

In other news, I've been chosen to present this idea to Watermark International next week.  I'm also presenting my 'Flower Chair' concept from last semester to Street Furniture Australia.

Spiral Saucepan Update by Josh Flowers

I had an interesting experience designing the Spiral Saucepan, mainly because the shape was very difficult to achieve with traditional workshop techniques. The whole concept was to make a spiral shape that created a whirlpool in boiling water, a response to a brief calling for an emotive reflection of a dining ritual. 

Opting in the end for 3D printing for the presentation model, I used my experience to shape the limitations of the form. I went about a vigorous prototyping process using a 3D printer - going through about 40 different prototype shapes before I picked one to print on a larger scale.

It was tricky getting the printer to work reliably. I went through a long trial and error process of tuning it, but when I did get it working properly, I was able to print out ideas in as little as 15 minutes.

I ended up printing the display model on an old BFB3000 which created its own host of challenges, including incorrect machine calibration, slicer settings, print times (over 14hrs), and failed parts. In the end I had to print the handle in 3 sections and connect them together with wire and glue.

Below you can see the result before attaching the handle. 

The 3D printed model

Flower Chair Rationale by Josh Flowers

The project page for the Flower Chair has been updated, an outdoor furniture design that brings a high end lounge-chair aesthetic to any outdoor setting. The project collated research from Google showing how furniture design and layout can be used to encourage creativity and positive interactions.

It turns out that providing a good mix of both sociability and solitude is important as most creative breakthroughs happen when alone, whilst most creative work happens in groups. This is why the Flower Chair can rotate on its centre axis, to provide people the option of sitting alone, or as part of a group. 

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The early stages of this project were a challenge, with a lot of rejected ideas needing consideration before arriving at the circular frame. See the updated project page for more.

Hello World by Josh Flowers

Things are coming along and I've sorted out the main structure of this portfolio. So far it only includes work from two semesters worth of studio classes. I'm looking forward to updating this portfolio over the remaining 5.

As a side note, I've been looking into making this portfolio compatible with retina displays and I was interested to discover that you don't actually have to export images out at a higher DPI for Retina on the web. 72 DPI is fine, the only thing that matters is raw pixel dimensions of the image. 

Below is a reverse detail of a chair I designed for a street furniture assignment in my second year at UNSW.

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