Speculative Luxury

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I started my research by interviewing some peers on my graphic design course as well as professionals from the industry about their perceptions of luxury products and luxury design. Writing all key words  down, allowed me to have a clear overview of the general opinions about how luxury design is percieved.

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Some more research on the internet and at the library, allowed me to create a small mind map with the key elements which

I wanted to incorporate into the outcome of this project.

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Faberge egg created by

the House of Faberge

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Puiforcat silverware

In the research stage I also explored connoisseur luxury - very exclusive and often collectable luxury items; as well as mass luxury which is mass produced. This led me to create something in between - a household statement item which production is indeed limited, however it would not necessarily

be a collector item

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Speculative Luxury

Almost 70% of the worlds population will be living in urban areas by 2050. Cities have become very dense and humans have begun to be disconnected from nature and natural forms. 

I have designed a small range of luxury interior design solutions for a teaser catalogue released as a small insight before

the release of the range . The interior solutions vary from 

decorative to functional items, all incorporating nature and natural elements which have been combined with speculative technological solutions.

The Earth and Water feature is based around bringing naturally falling water and plants into the household and can act as a feature or accent wall in any room. The plant pots float above ground with a high technological solution based on magnets

in the plant pots and under the floor. The water feature works as

a plant watering mechanism using  automated moisture sensors in the plants. The height of the plants as well as the function

of the water feature can be monitored through holographic 

controls activated through specific hand motions.

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The Earth and Water feature can also be customised and the owner can choose the material of the water feature cover as

well as plant pots to their own liking or to match their decor.

The hob is another costumisable feature in the catalogue. The hob is based on a speculative infinite coal system, where certain coals heat up when the hob is turned on and heat the pan/pot through the special metal plates placed in the glass top. The glass stays cold even when all hobs are turned on through speculative technologies. The hob makes a great statement piece to any kitchen, showing its earthy, but clean features through the glass.

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