Farzana Begum

My imagination has always been an incredible driving force in my life and has always had an influence on almost everything I do. As a designer, I enjoy finding little gaps and nooks in the design world to provide users with new and exciting objects to fill these. The aim being to transform user interaction and provide a long-lasting product relationship. It has always been the easiest, most natural way for me to express myself through a hands-on approach such as drawing and model making. Using these methods, I enjoy seeing the design evolve into a final 3D object.

Applying my skills to the working design industry, helped transform me as a designer and gave me an invaluable insight into the multi-disciplinary industry.

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Enkel Vanity Unit

Enkel vanity unit was led by a personal enjoyment of the morning ritual. To many, the morning ritual can be considered as an important part of the day, where “getting ready” can be found to be empowering and setting the day up in the correct manner. However, a vanity unit can often be considered a non-necessity and therefore is sacrificed in a smaller living environment.

Market research highlights the demand of smaller objects; while research on existing products highlighted issues such as being visually heavy in materials, appearing tight and resembling children’s furniture due to the unbalanced proportions, making them less appealing to consumers.

At 620mm by 400mm Enkel is suited for small living spaces. With a unique structure, it aims to achieve both visual lightness and meet the current design market. Buyers are provided with two seating options, so they are able to reflect on their need and financial standpoint. One option being a simple, upholstered stool and the other being a storage stool, allowing users to place a cubby inside. The cubby assists users to take out items all at once and place them on the table, instead of having to take out multiple items or having to get up to retrieve them.

Handesh Chandelier

Handesh was driven by the use of a simple, repetitive process to create something grand and appearing much more complex. With glass and crystals being the typical material chosen in chandeliers, porcelain is used instead as a new material to bring additional interest to the chandelier. The use of lines imprinted in the ceramic tiles is created from my mum’s rolling pin, with which she would make Noonau Handesh (Bangladeshi food). This gave the project a personal touch, while still providing a minimal and stylish pattern. When light is introduced, the tiles glow, with the pattern appearing to be more visual.

The structure was developed with the concept of combining two traditional chandeliers; tiered and candelabra. With the chandelier framework being engineered, the ceramic pieces are left to have their own craftsmanship elements, allowing each piece to be slightly different.

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