A Garapon is a Japanese-styled lottery box. Garapon are typically octagonal boxes that, when turned, drop a colored ball from a hole in its side. The color of this ball indicates a rarity of the corresponding prize. For example, a white ball is very common, and usually means either no prize or something very small and cheap, while the gold ball is equivalent to winning the lottery, and gives the player a very large or expensive prize. Usually, Garapon have their prizes out for the display to entice players with the biggest prize possible.
My role within this project was to design and create the garapon. All wood working, metalworking and machining work was done by me. I developed a mechanism within the garapon to ensure that only one capsule prize fell out at a time.
Kirthank Manivannan 3D modeled and printed bugs as prizes to be contained by the capsules. The inspiration to create these were from Kirthank’s childhood pastime of collecting bugs with his late friend. The rarest bug is a stag beetle that has been gold plated.
Collaboration with Kirthank Manivannan (Graphic Design RISD ‘19)
In loving memory of Macklin Lam (Saizawa Ryuu).
This trio of sofas were designed for a tea house in Beijing that would serve as an adoptee meeting point. The form and arrangement of sofas were carefully considered to create seating that would encourage dialogue and eye contact amongst the users.
Collaboration with textiles artist, Talia Connelly (http://www.taliaconnelly.com)
RESEARCH AND FORM DEVELOPMENT
ADOPTEE “FINDING SPOT”
ARIETTA VANITY CABINET
Materials: Hard Maple, Mirror, Brass, Plaster, Satin PolyWhey Finish
Inspiration: Elbphilharmonie by Herzog and de Mueron
Brass handle made by Hannah Kim (http://www.hannahkim.art)
The aesthetic of this coffee table was inspired by a camera iris. Handmade Gampi paper was made and cut to create an illusion of depth in the center of the table. It is protected by a layer of glass.
Materials: Cherry, Ash, Danish Oil
SHIFU PAPER BENCH
My intentions for creating this bench was to use paper in a functional and unique way in furniture and to learn the traditional Japanese technique of making Shifu paper thread. The indigo dyed strip of fabric in the center of the upholstered slip seat is made from handmade kozo paper (warp) and a cotton linen blend (weft).