Saturday, 7 February 2009

Home Workstation

Under this post you will find my new Workstation project blog address. Please feel invited.
This blog is a product design dedicated platform for developing one of my projects realized for the final “Great Show” ending my MA education in Royal College of Art. Please wait for more sketches, photos, thoughts and please express any comments.

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Wednesday, 14 January 2009

"Culture ShopK"

The lates version of the rocker (next pcture I will place after Milan satelite where it will be shown a a part of the Platform10 exhibitionin Seves showroom in Zona Tortona)

One of the inevitable elements of homey atmosphere which is nowadays forgotten sees to be a rocking chair. This element of interior is commonly associated with grandma's chair and warm woolen rug or blanket. As strong as a mantelpiece and fireplace it is coded in the mass consciousness. I think it is really relevant to the theme of Geffrye Museum.

People often do not buy a rocking chair because of the problems with the space they missing in their flats and beceuse they do not use it too often. Having attachable legs they could solve the problem of the space required to keep it as wellas they can dd it to teir favourite chair.

While trying to model that object I was trying to make it adjustable to different kinds of chairs, those wit the round legs as well to those with square wooden ones.

The core subject matter of the Geffrye Museum is the history of the English house and to some extent garden.


- Artist ceramics: Tea for one, Stoneware

- Hackney designer bone china mugs made exclusively for museum.

- Small Chinese porcelain.

- English pewters

- Greetings cards

- Key rings

- Gift wraps

- Slides

- Herb seeds

- Moth repellents

- Gardener hand cream

- Soap

-Wooden light pulls

-Wooden door wedges

- Wooden gardening dibbers

- All time hits CD’s (Nat King Cole, Dean Martin etc.)

- Books (Architecture, Design, Decorative Arts, Furniture, Gardening, History, Children History books, colouring books)

- Museum signed pencils, pens, rulers, erasers and sharpeners.

Merchandise specific to this Museum and signed with its name:

- Postcards depicting most characteristic artifacts.

- Exhibition catalogues and museum publications, as well a T-shirts themed after one of the exhibitions

- Jigsaw puzzles showing characteristic paintings of the museum.

- Plates by “people will always need plates” company showing the front of the museum building made exclusively on museum request as one of a series of characteristic London sites of which the Museum is exclusively authorized to resell.

- Fridge magnets showing their collection pieces.

- Wallets of note cards with their collection

The shop is arranged in the style between old pharmacy and bookstore,

The products are placed along the walls and arranged by theme. The cabinets are much bigger than the amounts of merchandise so it looks a bit empty. The kind of merchandise aesthetics arises due to the imperial England decor aesthetics of the most book covers and postcards.

Their sale method is passive. Counter with Museum publications and till, behind which the quiet salesperson becoming alive and coming out of the background after asking her a question or putting desired products on the counter, makes the shopping experience really museum like.

There is no clear distinction between up sold objects and the rest though he stands with the postcards are placed in the centre of the shop. Most forward brought publication seems to be the Chinese home catalogue and few smaller ones. Shop manager Jenny Knott told me that the most awkward merchandise they sell are the catalogues of the past exhibitions which sometimes sell but soon they are going to throw it away. This is their least popular piece.

The most important for the business existence are the books and postcards, their existence is based on book selling though postcards are the next in the row because the large amounts required to be sold to have the same level of profit. Books are also the best sellers.

They are most proud of the museum facade painted plates commissioned by them and the exclusive white bone china commissioned by them which they are reselling in to the other places.

Some of the goods are found during the gift shop fairs in Birmingham and other places of this kind where producers of gadgets finding their new resellers with their brands and logos to print on their things. Some of those goods are problematic because of the usually large quantities of ordered goods within minimum purchase.

Significant number of customers is asking about the white porcelain thimbles which the manager of the shop absolutely hates. People are used to see it in other museum shops and some of them are the collectors of it. Bookmarks ad umbrellas are the other things people expecting but can not buy in this shop.

There is no visible object, more special than other most mysterious, funny, unexpected, surprising, strange and exclusive only from this museum nor a story or legend useful for the marketing purposes. Before museum the building was used as a hospital, a place to stay for the poor people.

Tuesday, 13 January 2009

Crisis of Will Merchandising piece

Mini-snooker fixture is a merchandise, which initiates and represents the crisis of will in the workspace. It is occupying the space in an aggressive way which makes it very strong factor influencing ones equilibrium of work by the desk. It represents the struggle between tendencies to work and leisure.

Design by Maciek Wocicki

Sunday, 14 December 2008

Extendable Storage Surface - Response to crisis

Following crisis of will I have concentrated on the crisis in the place here effects of this kind of crisis can be of grater repercussion than in others.

Motivation to work therefore is essential for our life style.

Can the work space motivate people to do what they are there for?

I have prepared a questionnaire asking people about their activities motivation related to heir work space. I have received answers from 14 people of different gender, age (21 – 32 years old), and nationality. Based on those comments I have drawn two main conclusions.

1 conclusion: cluttered workspace is highly unpopular and causes reluctance toward any activity in the place of work among over 80% of respondents

2 conclusion; regardless of the level of care about the work space people tend to personalize it with different kinds of objects of special meanings useless in the process of wok but essential for building relation to the place. To make them feel more comfortable and eager to come and work.

Those two tendencies are contrary in many cases causing the space always full of details on the surfaces which meant to be free for work. I would like to take it out off the way of other commonly used surfaces: desktop and shelves and expand it according to increasing or decreasing needs

I am introduced to Jo-Anne Bichard which was involved in the welcoming workplace' design research project with Jeremy Myerson. I am meeting her after Christmas to see whether her knowledge about this kind of space can feed my project in any way.

Until this time I came out with proposition of an element for space, being neither furniture, nor a board but can be helpful to organize the mementos in quite flexible way according to the arrangement of the place. This will be roughly based on the rule of jigsaw puzzle but not strictly in its iconic but maybe rather splash-like shape and maybe with 2 or 3 complementary elements or cluster elements with interlocking sides.

In small version it requires only one element attached to the wall, beam or a piece of furniture on which more of those elements “live”. It can grow in different directions and have different curvature depending on the stiffness of the material and be reinforced in different places of its range. They can create a frame for photograph, pin up surface, a small shelves for figurines, small models. I can imagine it made of cut wood as it is here, solid cut polypropylene, rotation melded polypropylene, cast stiff polyurethane - plain or finished with textile cover or with a layer of other material.

I can see some resemblance to some architectural elements like keystone or kind of tiles. It could be a kind of flexible wall in different sizes of basic elements.

I did found similar way of using form in Leaning Moulds of work of Maruja Fuentes, or Blob Wall by Greg Lynn,

I can imagine that he producer of this kind of objects is placed in the home-office equipment and stationary sector of market. I would consider:




The other kind of product it could be developed is a kind of structural

wall or multi-element furniture.

Sunday, 7 December 2008

Thursday, 4 December 2008

Interim show

Poster illustrating the crisis of will, lack of motivation, laziness, avoidance.

Design by Maciek Wojcicki

Monday, 24 November 2008

November Objects

Critical situations forces us to try to do with what we have more than we did before .
Crisis can do us good - it is the motor of development. We live in constantly changing world - in constant crisis.

Design by Maciek Wojcicki
The cups work by avoiding obstacles. Their function can be clearly seen on the busy surface of a desk where they prevent spilage.

Design by Maciek Wojcicki
In both , the shelf piece and the table leg a motivation, which is a set of reasons to perform a task, is translated into the way of connecting elements of construction to keep their shape. It is forced by straps to perform a function. With time though the performance of straps changes.
Publicized in Wallpaper magazine online gallery:

Design by Maciek Wojcicki

Design by Maciek Wojcicki
The under-hanged books may be an interesting way o display in a shop or gallery. The use of designed polypropylene holders prevents damages and keeps books in the right place.

Thursday, 13 November 2008

Workshop with Daniel Eatock - 13.11.2007

The restrictions ot the workshop by Daniel Eatock.

1 To make something out of what you will find within the college.
2 Make it till the end of today (10.00 - 16.00).
3 Ask someone to make it for you.
4 Spend no money.
5 It should be one one object plus one system (idea of it).
6 Make one restriction on your own.
7 Brake one of those rules.

Some inspirations I found.

Quick umbrella mockups made out of easy to reycle materials found in the college area (45 minutes task).

The plan was to give it away to the people on the steet.

Sunday, 2 November 2008

Useful books and movies

Books I have red and movies I have watched that may influence my CRISIS.

The island of Dr Moreau - HG Wells
A brave new world - Aldous Huxley
Slaughterhouse 5 - Kurt Vonegut
Fight Club - Chuck Palahniuk
Brazil - Terry Guilliam
The Matrix - Wachowski Brothers
1984 - George Orwell

Thursday, 30 October 2008

Crisis Unlimited

Interrogate the concept of crisis. Start mapping out different types, scales and examples. Explore social, cultural, and technological aspects that interests you. This is the start of a long term research. For the next week please start a large format map that ha ten first inputs.

The mindmap of the 10 crisises I choose and their subcrisises.
Some of them have common critcal aspects.

Wednesday, 22 October 2008

Mini Crisis - brief

Try to imagine a tiny crisis critical moment:
Analyse all the circumstances surrounding the event. Try to foresee the different solutions and the different outcomes that will manifest from it. As in every critical situations you will end up having two main alternatives one which works towards maintaining things the way thy were and another which will imply a change in the status quo.

Choose and explore the one that in your eyes would introduce the most extreme form of change.
The situation would have to be resolved through a design object, or the resolution of the problem would have to generate such an object.

In your response take into the consideration the human reactions to crisis: FEAR, ANGER, GUILT, SHOCK, DISBELIEF, DENIAL, ACCEPTANCE and make them a guiding principle of your thinking.

Present your design and a ten image slide-show that tells the story of your crisis and its resolution.

Mini Crisis - Sudden and unexpected change of position

Sudden changing of position resolutions