Man and Machine together at last. Tusk may be a little ahead of its time, but still utilitarian at its core. With a little help from some rotary dynamos, rectifiers and linear regulators, the Tusk adapter harvests the energy expelled by our regular walking cycle and redirects the energy towards your portable device, powering it. You yourself are, in essence, an organic battery.
Steve Prue, Team Rockstar Images Photography
Inspired by the unfortunate accident of weightlifter, Janos Baranyai, at the 2008 Olympics, Form-x combines old-world and new-world technology to help prevent injury to the upper body. The ancient Chinese finger trap, known to many of us as a childhood toy, is paramount to the Form-x's function. Just as the finger trap tightens once the user tries to pull their fingers out once inside, Form-x tightens, without inhibiting proper weightlifting form, to prevent hyper-extension of arms, chest and back. Two seemingly disparate concepts come together to remedy a common problem.
Vitra, Inc., the world renowned furniture manufacturer, hosted a competition in which the grand prize was an all-expense-paid trip to France. Parabox won. The goal of the competition was to make the Vitra products stand out as usable products and less as works of fine art never to be touched. In order to reverse the canonization of the Vitra products, we forced the high-end objects to coexist symbiotically with our everyday, cluttered New York City apartments. The juxtaposition of the luxury goods and our everyday possessions makes the products less intimidating and more inviting.
Martin Seck, Martin Seck Photography
Anya Keyser and Emily Mak
At JMDS, we lend our eyes and ears to the subtle, conceivably mundane aspects of everyday life. Case in point- Decast. Decast materializes and maps out light like a field of parched sunflowers leaning towards the sun. We wanted to avoid tarnishing the wall with cast shadows to keep the objects' footprints pure. With no shadows to found the objects on the wall, they act as independent geometry floating in space- becoming truly
the wall versus merely being
Francesca Bastianini and Jerry Mejia
Webster is an homage to something we at JMDS hold near and dear to our design hearts; materiality. You probably haven't guessed it yet, but Webster, with simple wire for structure, is made completely out of hot glue webs. With some patience and a dab-and-stretch technique, we were able to extend the excess strand of hot glue around the frame to create a beautiful, ethereal form. With enough layers, the light was diffused enough to make Webster a functional, one-of-a-kind pendant lamp.
There's a certain virtue that comes with not losing touch of one's past. Gord combines trace functions of past traditions with contemporary needs to make the act of drinking water a bit more inspired. By using the Gourd fruit which once dried, hardens to a state comparable to wood, we can enjoy it's contents similar to the way ancient indigenous people of the world did- albeit with little more flair. In growing the fruit in a mold until it matures, it can be designed and manipulated to be more manageable for the person on the go.
In collaboration with Pfizer, the largest pharmaceutical company in the world, we set out to relieve the many issues associated with the antiquated, amber-colored prescriptions bottle we all know and don't love today. The Tri-sect bottle accommodates all users, but especially the largest demographic taking prescription meds currently- the elderly. Unlike the round bottle, Tri-sect is 3-sided, which increases leverage and allows the user to open it more easily. Consequently, the triangular bottle allows for an even distribution of information on three separate sides as opposed to one rounded, difficult-to-read surface. Using our graphic design powers, we streamlined label information and even color-coded it to ensure that Gam-Gam won't accidentally take Pop-Pop's blood pressure medication.