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Maya Heathcote

BA Product Design

I am an empathetic designer who is interested in current material trends. At university I have learnt how to design with simplicity and balance, and wish to continue developing this in my future career.


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DeskDash was inspired by the need for remote workers to break up their routine of working from home, where loneliness and lack of motivation can happen, and encourage them to work in public libraries. Issues with working in libraries were highlighted, and a solution for leaving your belongings unattended when needing to take a short break was met. DeskDash is a product duo composed of a Tech case designed to be worn, keeping your valuables safe and with you whilst using library facilities. Paired with a desk work mat, helping you keep your workspace organised and act as a space saver when left unattended.


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I chose this brief due to my interest in lighting and its impact on our interiors. After researching trends associated with symbolic sculptures, I turned to Stonehenge for inspiration. This led me to symbolise the rising sun through bold circular brass forms, and experiment with rough natural textures for the lamp base. The aim was to reconnect the modern user with nature, and through shape, material and colour, help them become more aware of the changing seasons outside. This natural cycle is something society is losing touch with in comfortable, modern homes.

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