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The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Reflections on Designing Products for Today

Ryann Aoukar, Associate ProfessorCollege of Architecture and Design - Interior Design

Aoukar will discuss four products that he has designed. The first, a leather bracelet, is inspired by paper folding and cutting techniques to eliminate production steps. The second product, a salad bowl with a strainer, explores recycling methods and asks the question: is recycling a function as effective as recycling a material? The third product, a vase, examines our relationship to flowers as ephemeral and symbolic of life and death. The final product, a chair, considers the story and the history that an object expresses and leaves behind to future generations as a symbol of the human experience. Depicted: salad bowl and strainer.​

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