As part of my masters thesis project I did an internship at Zodiac Seats US in Gainesville, TX where I worked on the design of a new economy class aircraft seat. I used a innovative approach towards comfort in order to tackle the the status quo of the 'comfort-to-weight ratio'. This dilemma is the main problem for current (premium & budget) airlines.
The status quo of current aircraft seating development: more comfort == more weight less weight == less comfort
I made a step in the right direction by using my self-developed 'sensitivity method' rather than just looking at pressure as a means to determine comfort. This method allows for higher comfort perception, as well as optimization of material use (=saving weight).
As a means to display this method I designed an aircraft seat that incorporates the results in a way that comfort is improved and weight is reduced. This seat is modern looking and expresses to be lightweight yet in a comfortable way, whereas other attempts seem to be too thin to be comfortable according to user research.
Collection of smart products: products with sensors and/or connection, designed with a focus on cost and production efficiency.
I did the concept, aesthetic and parts of production design for several clients of TWTG (previously known as Tweetonig) initially as their Design intern. Later I started to work as the Concept Designer (2016-present). Among these clients are PostNL, SwissPost, Dell, Aegon, Relayr, The Things Network and many others. Most of those products are confidential and cannot be shown here.
However, TWTG also starts its own projects or partners with start ups. A couple of examples are shown in this gallery:
Half way through my internship, although unplanned, I resolved a problem with the aircraft headrest, similar to my thesis project. Along with two industrial design engineers, I designed a new headrest that mimicked the functionality and lightweight material of a hammock. I received a patent on this headrest and the design was delivered to Emirates who will be using it in their fleet in the near future.
The design consists of: - two layers of carbon fibre to ensure stiffness while being lighter than current aluminum solutions. - two 'hammock' elastic bands to support the head on two points as a replacement for standard cushioning, which means less weight and high comfort. - minimal cushioning on the side panels to ensure comfort in sideways movement, yet saving weight. - upholstery with elastic seams that allows for flexibility with non-flexible fabrics.
Hired on as a freelancer I was responsible for creating a exterior design for Ebretti's new scooter model, the 318. They wanted a more compact and modern ancestor of their other model, the 518.
I had to work around the limits of Vespa's dimensioning, as they could use base parts of their model. Taking that into account I could mainly focus on the front panels as well as the saddle area. Another requirement was that it had to fit in the form language of its predecessor - which could be described as Italian, retro, organic and voluptuous. Therefore I used images of Italian people and environment, classic cars and natural curves as an inspiration.
My involvement stopped after delivering the vorm vision by hand- and digital sketches supported by multiple meetings with the owners.
Vision on future yachting + Super yacht (70m+) concept
This has been a group master's project in which a major client was involved out of own initiative. Feadship is a marketleader in designing and manufacturing custom super yachts (200+ ft).
The aim was to create a future vision on superyachting and its embodiment in a concept. We envisioned a near future in which young tech-billionaires become the target group for super yacht manufacturers. This specific emerging group of people has different values, different interests and different motives than the past and current elite, which requires a different design on both functional and emotional level.
Leading themes in the process were exploration, adaptivity and caring for the environment. Main driver was to design something distinct and not a "floating refrigerator" that most super yachts seem to look like. The future billionaire wants something unpredictable and fitting his modern, techy lifestyle.
Main exterior characteristics: A middle deck with 360˚ view and a full glass top deck provides the feeling of exploration. Automatic adjustable solar panels make sure that the yacht is adaptive and takes the environment into account. So does the Voith Motion Control engine. The overall aesthetic character of the yacht inspires the owner, expresses exploration and forward motion and fits the image of a tech billionaire.
This project was conducted with an educational and conceptual approach. The self-sufficient concept house, by Suslab NWE, in Rotterdam was the starting point for which a ubiquitous product or service needed to be developed.
My aim was to break the status quo in which self sufficient systems are operating: collected energy through (for instance) solar panels need to be used immediately or sold to the conventional electricity grid (and bought back later). This doesn't allow for a real self sufficient situation as the grid is always needed: most energy consumption is by night, most energy collection is by (a sunny) day.
A smart energy storage in the form of a battery is the solution. Yet, it means either a huge or expensive battery to collect all energy for an entire house. Current solutions look awful, heat up a lot and are inefficient.
My design was (though conceptual) a solution to these three problems. A stackable battery housing that can even function as decoration or a separation wall (in many stacking varieties). It can be connected to the water grid that makes cooling possible. The absorbed heat in the water can be reused for hot tap water, laundry, etc. Cooling itself makes the batteries much more efficient too. A control center in one of the parts allows for controlling the energy use and the amount of cooling as well as providing information about the battery status and energy traffic. This all can be controlled by your smartphone too, in order to adjust from distance.