Carbon Design Group

IDSA NW Junior Show – A Peek and Up and Coming DesignersJune 24th, 2011

IDSA NW Junior Show 2011

Carbon had the great pleasure to host this year’s IDSA NW Junior Show. Junior class students from the University of Washington (Seattle), Western Washington University (Bellingham), and Emily Carr University of Art + Design (Vancouver, BC) quickly transformed our lobby and conference rooms into a gallery showcasing their work. By the time guests arrived, our studio was filled with a wide range of thoughtful and innovative solutions from these promising young designers.

University of Washington

The work showcased by UW students included an array of beautiful and inventive lamps (above), ranging from “1/2  lamp” designed to sit flat against a wall, and an elegant lamp shaped out of from bent plywood.

Modular Elements (left) was a series geometric form studies, each exploring how a single 3D shape could be combined and arranged with identical pieces.

Western Washington University


A centerpiece of the Western Washington University work was “eight x 8″ (above top), a project centered on shipping containers. Rather than repurposing current shipping containers—an idea that has been explored extensively—the students sought to completely redesign shipping containers in order to more readily have a second life. By so doing they were able to create a container concept that can easily be transformed into housing, medical facilities or other structures after shipping.

The WWS work also included several environmentally sensitive projects, including  Bag Dish, a dish made out of compressed plastic bags, COntainer, a container made from spent CO2 cartridges, and the above projects which create vases out of old wooden buoys and baskets out of bike chains.

Emily Carr University of Art + Design

Projects from Emily Carr students included a birthing chair for couples, life vest explorations, and Laundrobag (in right of top image), which allows travelers to do laundry while on the go.

The Specs Handtool concept was created to support the creativity of those who have limited hand reach due to congenital deformation of the upper limbs. It’s shown (above left) being used by a tattoo artist to stretch the subject’s skin.

With interchangeable tips for a variety of tasks, Specs offers a simple alternative to prosthetic arms for people who wish to accomplish specific tasks.

One of multiple lamps in the Emily Carr gallery, the wooden lamp above evokes a bit of native Canadian heritage.


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