The table reacts to objects within its vicinity.

Nice Fit

A 16-month design thesis in collaboration with Tobias Ottahal, exploring how objects fit together in subtly satisfying ways.

The project developed over two major phases and two manifestations:

  • research phase exploring ‘nice fit’ precedents
  • development a theory and a series of ‘commandments’ of how to design ‘nice fit’ objects
  • collection of communication and marketing design collateral
  • physical, working object—an interactive table.

The table creates indentions for objects to fit into on demand; when the object is removed, the table becomes flat again.

In addition to exploring conceptual and applied realms of industrial design a personal goal of Nice Fit was to work with multi-disciplinary experts: we employed professional photographer Jason Edwards, animator Nathan Gilliss and filmmaker Benjamin Loeb.

3D materials: latex, Arduino microcontroller, RFID. Vancouver, 2009.

Table in passive mode.

Table in passive mode.

Detail of table in response mode.

Detail of table in response mode.

The table reacts to objects within its vicinity.

The table reacts to objects within its vicinity.

Objects fitting into responsive recesses created in the table's surface.

Objects fitting into responsive recesses created in the table’s surface.

Detail of table underside.

Detail of table underside.

Invitation sent to industry representatives.

Invitation sent to industry representatives.

Detail of thesis book outlining the 'commandments' of Nice Fit.

Detail of thesis book outlining the ‘commandments’ of Nice Fit.

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Detail of thesis book outlining the ‘commandments’ of Nice Fit.

Matching studio portraits by photographer Jason Edwards.

Matching studio portraits by photographer Jason Edwards.

Matching studio portraits by photographer Jason Edwards.

 

 

Logo.

Logo.

Accompanying website and blog.

Accompanying website and blog.

Bonus process and outtakes:

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