Sculpture Coaster

2020

Designed and branded a set of elegant coasters for engagement and play. 


The Product

Sculpture coaster is a set of coasters that inspires creativity, aesthetic, and engagement beyond their use underneath a cup. With joints that enable unlimited combinations, sculpture coaster can be a social activity, an individual brain puzzle, or a stationary art piece.

Approach

Task: design a mundane object (a set of coasters)

I began with an analysis of my own behavior regarding coasters, surveyed others around me, and realized they had become obsolete, only reminding most people of the times they forgot to use them and disappointed their mother. 

The only way coasters could break this mold was to force users to pick them up. I began prototyping neon coasters that could build into new shapes off of each other through joints. Countless experiments with shape and number of joints led me to realize a simple combination of triangles (harshly geometric) and circles (completely fluid) formed the most consistently beautiful combinations. 
The Logo

Because of the neon acrylic material, the rim of the coasters emits a light catching glow. I wanted to capture this delicate but powerful visual effect in the logo for Sculpture Coaster. Helvetica Neue Ultra Light offered the clean, thin linework needed while also offering legibility at a small scale. The logo symbol also reflects the connectivity of the joints and stark contrast the coasters make in any environment. 
The Packaging

Though playful, Sculpture Coaster is also sophisticated and elegant. The packaging reflects this attitude and is meant to be displayed on any coffee table or desktop along with the coasters. 
Sketches