Areaware Donates to Product Timecapsule

AREAWARE, a New York City based manufacturer of functional and unusual everyday objects, has donated several new items to Product Timecapsule.

Areaware’s donation to this collection has already been used by students as a research and reference tool for Metaproject 03, an industrial design course with an industry partnership placing student output into a global venue. This year, Areaware is RIT’s industry partner for Metaproject. The Design is One philosophy exposed by the Vignelli Center for Design Studies will be overlaid into the conversation, linking the work thematically to the Vignelli Center. Through their donation, Areaware is making a major contribution to the education and experiences of young designers.

Industrial Design professor and Metaproject creator Josh Owen states “The donation of these wooden toys to the joint VC/ID Product Timecapsule initiative benchmarks excellence in product design for our students to study in a hands-on way. Experiential learning is tightly intertwined with the language of items like these which fall in direct lineage of the Bauhaus and Modernist thought. We are delighted to have contemporary examples of good design like these for the students to learn from as they develop their own, related research projects.”

About Product Timecapsule
A time capsule is an historic cache of goods and/or information, usually intended as a method of communication with future generations. Product Timecapsule is a Vignelli Center for Design Studies Archives initiative organized in cooperation with the RIT Industrial Design program. This initiative collects significant artifacts which, in conjunction with the final products they represent, create a multifaceted understanding of the design process. Each acquisition tells a rich story of its place in the history of design.

Areaware’s Donation
Cubebot
Designed by David Weeks

Dovetail Animals
Designed by Karl Zahn


Balancing Blocks
Designed by Fort Standard

Hanno the Gorilla
Designed by David Weeks

Ursa the Bear
Designed by David Weeks

“We try to create thoughtful products that encourage a dialogue between people and their surroundings. We like to think that we have a good sense of humor and that our items are poetic. Our goals are to create objects which inspire an emotional response and to explore design languages as a means of creating new syncretic forms. We wish to create a forum for young and local talent to see their ideas become real and tangible, and to develop their narratives through a larger body of work. We like working with designers who are earnest in their ideals and together, we hope to become a strong voice for American design on the world stage. We believe that appreciation for beauty is central to what it means to be alive and want to embody this principle in even the simplest things.” Areaware website

About Project Timecapsule
A time capsule is an historic collection of goods and/or information, usually intended as a method of communication with future generations. Product Timecapsule is a Vignelli Center for Design Studies Archival initiative in cooperation with the RIT Industrial Design program. The goal is to collect significant design artifacts which, in conjunction with the final products they represent, create a multifaceted understanding of the design process. Each acquisition tells a rich story of its place in the history of design.

About Metaproject 03
Developed by RIT associate professor Josh Owen in 2010 as an industrial design course with an industry partnership placing student output into a global venue, Metaproject is now running in its third generation. This year, the partnership is with world-renowned avant-garde accessories manufacturer, Areaware. The course results will be juried and then shown during design week in New York City in May of 2013. RIT will publish a case study book which chronicles the methodology and output from the course, shedding light on the design process. The Design is One philosophy exposed by the Vignelli Center for Design Studies will be overlaid into the conversation, linking the work thematically to the Vignelli Center.

Additional Resources
Areaware
David Weeks
Karl Zahn
Fort Standard
Metaproject