C o n n e c t

Duration 4 Weeks

This project focused on developing a variable product system for the home. It needed to be customizable to the user's space. I focused specifically on storage. 
Discovery / Development / Final
R e s e a r c h
Defining the Problem​​​​​​​
For the first part of this project, I worked within a group researching storage solutions. We first went out to different home good stores to see what current products were being offered to consumers. The store visits were informative of not only what was out there, but also how users were meant to lay out their homes and the objects within it. We noticed that the floors at these stores were highly curated. This prompted the next phase of our research which was to take a look into actual homes.
I n 
H o m e
What is reality?
We talked to people about how they store their stuff and how they deal with the things that they have. We wanted to learn how they interact with their possessions, as well as what issues they had regarding organization. 
One recurring issue that we observed was storing coffee cups. The problem with coffee cups was that they are breakable, different sizes, and they seemed to accumulate quickly, which lead to users stacking within the cabinet making  them difficult to properly organize.  
I n s p i r a t i o n
Shaker furniture + Collections
I drew inspiration from the Shaker furniture movement and people's relationship with their possessions. I was very mindful of the fact that this piece would be going into someone’s home so I wanted it to not feel imposing or distracting. People are collectors of the objects that they have in their home. I wanted to experiment with different systems of displaying these items, or how the user would be able to curate the objects that they love.
Discovery / Development / Final
I d e a t i o n
Thumbnails 
I started out by sketching a lot of different storage systems. I explored all the different ways that someone could organize their space. At this point, I was not concentrated in any specific space. I just wanted to get as many ideas out as I could. 

Initial Concepts
Concept A
Concept A
Concept B
Concept B
Concept C
Concept C
My initial concepts focused on organizing drawers and creating a system on the wall that would allow users to organize a variety of objects. I was exploring ways to create more cabinet space within a kitchen. 
R e f i n e m e n t
Coffee Cup Storage
I decided to focus on creating a storage system for the wall, for coffee cups. I went back and brainstormed various ways to hang something up. This stage was beneficial in thinking of different ways to hang something. 
P r o t o t y p e s​​​​​​​
Round 1
I built a rough prototype of what I wanted the system to do, in order to get a better understanding of what it would look like. This prototype helped me work backwards and develop the form from the basic function of it. ​​​​​​​

Round 2
Once I developed the prototype that covered the basic function of the mug rack, I refined it to be more user friendly. I noticed in the first prototype that it would be difficult for the user to know where the peg was going, so I changed it to have a more open frame. I liked this concept because it allowed the piece to become somewhat decorative with the open form. It also allowed for the user to possibly put things within the open space. 
F i n a l 
C o n c e p t
Creating a System
The final concept is a expandable mug rack that allows users to configure the pegs how they want. By getting the mugs out of the cabinet and on the walls, users can enjoy their mug collection and the extra space in their cabinet.
Discovery / Development / Final
F i n a l
Connect
Connect is an expandable mug rack that allows users to customize it to their space. The configurable arms give the user the ability to curate their mug collection how they want. 
W o r k s 
L i k e 
Initial Concepts
I built a works like model to communicate the scale and how the user would interact with the product. 
Easily Rearrange Pegs
Easily Rearrange Pegs
Everything at a 45° angle
Everything at a 45° angle
Flat Pack for Shipping
Flat Pack for Shipping
D i g i t a l 
M o d e l
CMF
Here is the digital model to showcase what the product would ideally look like. The largest difference between the CAD and Working model is the fastener that connects the two pieces. Ideally, the main fastener would be made out of wood, to use natural and renewable materials. 
Wood Joint
Wood Joint
Close Up
Close Up
Together
Together
F i n a l 
T h o u g h t s
In Conclusion
I learned a lot from this project about sticking with a concept and really considering and thinking through all the details. I am happy with the product that I developed. I think going forward, I would want to explore the different ways that the system could hang on the wall. 
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