A new exhibit in the Crabtree Technology Building features objects designed by BYU faculty and students for the Design Arts Utah 2016 competition this past summer. The competition included 25 projects produced by Utah-based designers and selected by juror Jim Childress of The American Institute of Architects. Below is the list of pieces currently on display:
Hannah Lutz and Quinlan Draper
The Shade Bench installation combines modern and historic themes to provide people with an inviting refuge from the harsh Utah sun. The hexagonal pattern and industrial materials were inspired by the Beehive State, its thriving industry, and rustic charm. Like the people who live there, the Corten steel will only grow more beautiful despite the harsh climate, its shade gradually turning to match the vermillion cliffs and canyons of the Southern Utah desert.
Salt & Pepper
Using glassware found in a chemistry supply store, the designer asked what consumer products could be designed using the readymade to create a new functional product. After many milled and 3D printed iterations, Draper produced a set of salt and pepper and shakers.
These bowls were created by saturating thick folded paper with resin to create a simple composite product. The pattern is a modified version of the well-known sunflower. The bowl is a handmade post-digital response to current making trends.
The Pesce Lamp is the result of an investigation into creating texture through tension. Morgan cuts a series of flat sheets with a matrix of cutouts, that when formed into a cylinder produced a scale-like texture of alternating lappets and openings. The lamp exploits this phenomenon to project a unique quality of light. This technique could become an efficient form of production for a variety of products.