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Thomas Bee

BA Product Design

In 1938 Arthur Askey sang "what a wonderful thing to be" about bees, but I think it rings true today for designers. We have the ability to have a profound impact on peoples' lives, to create something out of nothing and to balance our moral obligations. That's why I design.

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To make an individual product more sustainable we must reduce the cost of maintenance through the application of simplicity, rationalisation, and manufacturing knowledge; and we must increase the length of time that a person, or group of people, use it for. Ultimately, ensuring that a product can be considered an heirloom.

Voi brings simplistic forms and straightforward manufacturing processes together with a vibrant range of material, colour, and texture options, allowing for a narrative to be built around the lamp from the moment it's placed in the end user's house.

When designing an heirloom, something that will be passed through and used by multiple generations, it is important to consider the multitude of experiences that an heirloom will need to partake in. What will the impact of this situation look like on the product? The simplicity of the manufacture of the Voi, in addition to the rationalisation of process and parts, allow for this to be seen and acted upon quickly with no major disruptions in the design process.

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