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Form and color

What is it about?

As the name sugests this project is an exploration of form and color. To be more specific this project is meant to develop a better understanding of the basic design principles.

(line length, width, weight, direction, crosspoints, arangement, composition, joints, material, texture, finishes, colors and contrasts of all sort.)

Design 3 objects that resemble a cube each within the size of 80x80x80mm. No glue, epoxy, tape or nails allowed and only bolts and screws if they are mendetory for the design to work. Furthermore the cube should not contain any superfluous elements. These cubes are supposed to be collectors items/art pieces for a chosen target audience. So design them accodingly.

The cubes

Cube #1 “Helix”

This concept is derived from a seashell; a good example of the golden section. Polished on the inside, rough on the outside.  White, black and thanks to the surface finish all the colors of the rainbow as well.

This cube simplifies the shell by scrapping every element but the golden section.

Cube #2 “A cube within a cube”

This cube is about the contrasts in material, production, application, and properties. The connection parts are 3D-printed PLA and the cubes are bend aluminium plates.

The cube is in balance but is deliberately designed in a way that it looks like it should not. Furthermore, the proportions of the cubes are according to the golden section.

Cube #3 “Rustic”

This cube is about balance with a rustic theme.

The main elements of this cube are one block of high carbon steel and two wooden plates.

The block of steel gives the viewer a rustic and industrial vibe. The wooden plates counter this because wood gives a sense of nature. The wood is finely sanded which contrasts the rough finish on the steel.


This is packaging nr. 1.

It consists of two parts where the cubes fit snugly in. It’s made from cardboard which is glued together. The package is colored indigo and has a wave pattern which is a traditional Japanese decoration.

Package nr. 2 is made from 3 parts: tempered glass, pollished aluminium and oak wood. The alluminium backpart is screwed to the wooden baseplate at the back.

Packaging nr. 3 is made out of carboard as well. This packaging contains packaging nr. 2 which makes it easier for the buyer to carry the cubes back to their home. In the store the customers can view “display cubes” which are not sold. When the customer has chosen their 3 cubes the salesmen then gets the cubes from behind the counter or backroom already in the packaging. These are then placed in package nr. 2. Packaging nr. 3 is then folded in which packaging nr. 2 is then placed .Only a couple of these packaging (nr.3) can be folded in advance because otherwise they would take up too much space.

During this project I was only focused on the deliverables and finishing the project on time. Looking back, I wish I took pictures of process of making the cubes. I have made many prototypes and made even more failed attempts. It is because of all those failed attempts that I now have successfully made the 3 cubes. In the future I will definitely photograph everything I make so I can look back with a big smile and see how much I grew.