Sustainable Materials and Processes class worked in teams of two to experiment with Bioplastics. Their assignment was to identify the appropiate ingredients and ratio that would produce a range of stiff, flexible, matte, textured, and glossy results, and then present and demonstrate to the class. Ingredients included: gelatin, gylicerin, corn starch, vinegar,milk and potato starch. Some students employed their learnings to cast the final models of the Design Studio projects using bioplastics.
* Bioplostics logo is the courtesy of greenbiz.com
Spring'14 will be a busy teaching schedule; NJIT Shool of Art and Design assigned 3 courses to Efecem Kutuk. ID264 Industrial Design Studio II for Sophomores, ID341 Sustainable Materials & Proceses for Juniors and ID301 Industrial Design Specialization for Juniors as well.
Efecem Kutuk was invited to the senior year "Furniture Design" class preliminary Jury on 01/07/14 at Hacettepe University, Faculty of Fine Arts, Department of Interior Architecture and Environmental Design in Ankara, Turkey
Artist / Designer duo Dan Golden & Jen Huh attended to midterm review of Collaborative Design Studio. Projects were in the phase of product development and every team got their feedback after the presentation of Dan & Jen's work.
A field trip organized for the "Materials and Processes" class to Dauphin Furniture in Boonton, NJ. The goal of the visit was to understand the early steps of an end product before going to market; from the initial concept, development, refinement, feasibilty, and manufacturability to sustainability. First a very thorough presentation held by president Gary Chin, followed by a factory tour where students observed in-house production capabilities and apprehended the applications that were taught during the semester.
Starting from September 2nd 2013, Efecem Kutuk will be teaching two classes at New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, NJ. "Collaborative Design Studio" for Seniors in the School of Art & Design will be a collaboration project of different programs; Digital Design, Interior Design and Industrial Design. Every team will have one student from each and the class will focus on creating a full package start up company that consists of brand identity, product(s) and exhibition space of the product(s). The other lecture / discussion course, "Materials and Processes", will be taught to Junior students in the Industrial Design program.
Efecem Kutuk is teaching "Senior Graduation Thesis II" for Seniors in the Industrial Design department at Montclair State University in Montclair, NJ. A project book and prototype of the final product will be submitted. Projects are going to be proposals of a solution to an existing user interface issue researched and found by students. After execution of the prototypes for the final project, there will be a graduation exhibition at the main hall starting May 17, 2013.
Efecem Kutuk has started to teach "Introduction to Furniture Design I & II" for Senior students of Architecture and Interiors Department at Drexel University in Philadelphia. The Syllabus includes in-class assignments and a final project. After execution of the prototypes for the final project, there will be an exhibition. Stay tuned for the venue and date.
Efecem Kutuk has been honored to attend the Interior Design Studio III (third year) final Jury of Interior Architecture and Environmental Design department in Bilkent University as an official jury member. Subject of the project was designing a dental clinic considering some requirements and given plan.
A full page interview has been published on November issue of Maison Francaise Turkey. Article consists of 10 questions, which investigates my perception of life and my approach to desin in general. Also it is enriched by images of my products and a portrait picture of myself.
Stop by to see my latest designs: Rotten Rack, Tie Fighter Armchair and Disco Pendant Light for Model Citizens NYC 2010 exhibition at Hosfelt Gallery. For further details, please visit modelcitizensnyc.com or email me.
ICFF Studio (International Contemporary Furniture Fair) accepts SheetSeat™ as one of the finalists. Visit us at ICFF Studio booth on May 15 - 18 2010, at Jacob, K Javits Convention Center, NYC.
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SheetSeat™ is made from a single piece of wood laminate or bamboo. The production process is straightforward, generating almost no waste. The simplicity of the design allows for savings in workmanship, manufacturing costs and energy consumption. The flat panel can be unfolded into the final chair position in a few easy steps, and folded back into the original 3/4 inch thick sheet, facilitating easy stacking and bulk transportation. Collaboration with: Ufuk Keskin