践享第六期 男女搭配，设计真美 / HCWD & Akron Street
From Mies' Barcelona chair to Aalto's vase, furniture and home products have been a continuing fascination for many generations of architects. For lifestyle product design studios run by architects, such shift in scale means certain freedom, but it also poses many new challenges from detailing to prototyping, manufacture and distribution. The sixth APT presentations were perhaps the most poetic and most close to home. We brought together two studios and their co-founders. These four young architects and their outstanding design sensibility have gained high praise from both critics and users. Behind their success, is the story of how small design decisions make all the difference.
活动现场 / Event in Studio Link-Arc（特别感谢Link-Arc事务所为践谈提供场地）
Design that makes sense
（图左）刘烨，建筑设计师，炘工作室创始人，曾任职RTKL、艾未未工作室、矶崎新建筑事务所、Tsao & McKown建筑事务所。Cranbrook Academy of Art建筑设计硕士，同济大学建筑学学士
(Left) Liu Ye, Architectural Designer, co-founder of HCWD Design, former designer at RTKL, Ai Weiwei Studio, Arata Isozaki Associates and Tsao & McKown. She earned her Master of Architecture Degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art and Bachelor of Architecture from Shanghai Tongji University.
（图右）王新钧，工业设计师，炘工作室创始人，曾任职台北DID Institute设计公司。Cranbrook Academy of Art 工业设计硕士，台湾成功大学工业设计学士。
(Right) Wang Hsin-Chun, Industrial Designer, co-founder of HCWD Design, former designer at DID Institute in Taipei. He holds a Master of Industrial Design from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a Bachelor of Industrial Design from Taiwan Cheng Kung University
Focusing in realms between and beyond industrial design and architecture design, HCWD was cofounded in New York by industrial designer Wang Xinjun and architectual designer Liu Ye. At its core is a sense of humanism; its products fit so effortlessly into their context and essential parts of our life. Stripped of unnecessary embellishment, their design seeks the meaning of understatedly beautiful elements, a sense of place, and functionality. It is an industrial design practice with the perspective of architecture design, and the kind of architecture design studio that operates with the insights of industrial design. With lenses zoomed in at multiple scales, it explores the transient moments of our lives, big or small.
作品分享/ Design Works
The "super narrow" strips away a lot of functionality of a "table", but opens up new channels for communication. Such consideration is to create a specific "site" for human to human dialogues. The high table is set at the height that is ergonomically most fit for elbows, and the height of the stools forces you to meet the eye level of those who are standing even when you're sitting down.Complex structure and decorations eliminated, the design revisits the most essential elements that are height, width and length. Every dimension of the AA Furniture is designed to foster conversations.
The most important design feature of the brick lamp is its return to the most original user behavior. It must be intuitive and easy to use. The most original human behavior of controlling light is to block the source of light from found sources such as the sun and fire. The brick lamp was first designed to be a light without a switch - it was engineered so that people can't find any ON/OFF button, so they can return to the most intuitive act of opening to and blocking from the light source.
When first set out to select a material, it felt as if the exterior shell of the brick lamp must be dense, heavy, almost blocky. Heavy metal and cast concrete became the first prototype materials. Solid wood was added to the material palette because it would fit well with other wood furniture and is warm to the touch. Finally hard wood (walnut) was selected for its high density and low water content.
The goal of HCWD's design is to help slow down the fast-paced modern day of our life. As a matter of fact, the brake lamp could have had remote control, touch adjustment capacity, wireless recharge or even smart light that changes with your mood, but with every additional function there is additional burden to the users. That is the reason why the final design of the brick lamp is without buttons, any settings, or even a user manual.
Akron Street 工作室：营造一个家
Making the things that make the home
（图左）Hansley Yunez，曾任职于藤本壮介建筑设计事务所和如恩设计研究所，Simon Fraser 大学分子生物学和生物化学学士，哈佛大学GSD建筑学硕士。在从事设计行业前，Hansley成立过一家化学贸易公司。他的创业精神、设计天赋及对技术的浓厚兴趣促成了Akron Street品牌的建立。
(Left) Hansley Yunez, previously worked at Sou FujimotoArchitects and Neri & Hu Design &Research Office. He holds BSc in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from Simon Fraser University and a MArch from Harvard GSD. Before starting his career in the design field, Hansley founded a successful chemical trading company. AkronStreet lies at the intersection of his experience in entrepreneurship, his eye for design, and a deep interest in technology.
（图右）Lulu Li，曾任职于隈研吾建筑设计事务所，现任Skidmore Owings &Merrill建筑设计师，耶鲁大学建筑学学士，哈佛大学GSD建筑学硕士。Lulu致力于探索数字和实体媒介之间日益紧密的关系。她亦曾创立Bikenapped，一个由使用者自发生成的自行车盗窃案发地图信息系统，该项目位于波士顿和旧金山。
(Right) Lulu Li, previously worked at Kengo Kuma & Associates and is currently an Architectural Designer at Skidmore Owings & Merrill. She holds a BA in Architecture from Yale University, and a MArch from Harvard GSD. Lulu is interested in the evolving relationship between digital and physical mediums. She is also the founder of Bikenapped, a user-generated bike theft mapping project in Boston and San Francisco.
作品分享/ Design Works
Our first thoughts about furniture came when we were furnishing our grad school apartment in Cambridge. We were both in architecture school, and we were looking for a large work desk for the two of us. We scoured Craigslist for hours, only to find there was very little out there. It turns a lot of other people felt the same way we did, and that there was a real lack in the market for what we all wanted. We ended upbuilding that desk ourselves, and that experience planted the seed for what would become Akron Street.
我们的家具源自真实的材料，现有的系列取材白橡木实木，采用简洁的现代形式，同时也能唤起某些亲切感。我们认为Akron Street 所要创造的物件都是为了营造一个家，那个当你进门脱下鞋之后就能享受舒适的地方。
Our furniture is made of real materials - all solid white oak in our current collection - with clean contemporary lines, while still evoking something familiar. We like to say that Akron Street is about making the things that make the home,where you can leave your shoes at the door and just be comfortable.
In Kenya Hara’s book Designing Design, there was a passage about the cognitive theory of affordance, this idea that phenomenon is both the subject performing the action and the environment which “affords” - or allows -it to happen. For example, standing happens because of both one’s will to stand as well as having gravity and a sturdy surface to stand on. We think this is a good framework of our perspective on furniture, where design is at once about the product itself, but also about what it affords people. We want to design products that make the environment for people to live their own way.
Our designs often start with a story. When I was a kid, I spent a lot of time drawing cartoons with these Disney picture books propped up along the back of my desk as references. That was the beginning for the Reader Desk. We designed a desk with a backrest and a small groove to keep stray pencils and display things.
From the beginning, our interest has been in exploring the idea of the home. So we’re looking into a whole spectrum of goods that speak to that vision beyond solely furniture. In terms of the brand experience, we’re thinking beyond e-commerce. We have a lot of new ideas about what retail means today, that moves beyond the traditional storefront. We are still at the beginning, and we are excited about where we can go from here.
Editorial Team: Junfeng Wang / Nicky Chang / Xuhui Zhang / Zhonghan Huang / Kai Wu
践谈APT (Architectural Practice Talk) 是由年轻设计师组成的开放社群，由来自建筑、室内、景观、规划的具有多元背景的设计师组成，以线上分享讨论、线下座谈参观的活动形式关注设计实践的经验与思考，旨在推动跨界对话和设计创新。践谈APT于2014年底成立于纽约哈德逊河畔的一方小小客厅，现已发展为近六百位年轻设计师和数千名线上读者共同营造的设计师生态圈。
践谈APT (Architectural Practice Talk) celebrates young design talents and creative minds in architecture, design and urbanism, and fosters an international design community by curating a series of diverse and stimulating cultural events. Through a rich program of office tours, interviews, site visits and lecture series, APT is committed to nurturing design excellence and encouraging interdisciplinary dialogues through the power of online and offline experience. Founded in a small apartment in New York, today APT brings together over 600 industry influencers and reaches thousands of readers in the design community.