April 10, 2008

PRATT SHOW 2008



TIFFANY BURNETTE
Updated 04/10/2008


The Costa Rican mug is actually a set, the dessert dish and mug so I sent you two images, one of just the mug and one with both. The description follows below. Thanks again!
Paper coffee or horchata cup and dessert dish inspired by Costa Rican ox-cart wheels and the Tico's love of children. Costa Rican ox-carts are used during almost all national and local festivals as they portray a national icon. The set was designed with a child and playful adult in mind.

We found a refreshing breath of South American culture in Tiffany Burnette’s Costa Rican dessert dish and mug. Burnette, an Industrial Design senior at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, created this paper set inspired by the country’s traditional ox-carts. The hand-crafted ox-carts, or carretas, are now typically built as folding miniature trolleys to serve as small tables, and the rising folds of this angular piece certainly reflect that.

We love the inspiration of brightly-painted mandala wheels and flower-laden festival carts of Sarchi [http://www.fascinationcostarica.com/entry.cfm?nEntrada=4112], but Burnette certainly took a smartly edited approach to her color choices that appeals to adults as much as to children. This sophisticated tabletop set, though an appealing memory of Costa Rican festival, is better-suited to an afternoon cup of coffee in your stylish adobe kitchen after a siesta, than to simple street food.

See Tiffany Burnette’s Costa Rican dessert dish and mug with the work of other top innovative seniors at the Pratt Show. Pratt Students display the creative edge that alters consumers’ lifestyles and promotes company growth. More than 1,000 representatives from 400 companies attended last year’s show. See for yourself!

The Pratt Show
May 6-8th, 2008
Manhattan Center
311 W. 34th Street (at 8th Ave.)
New York, NY

Public Show Hours:
Tuesday, May 6th - 9 AM to 5 PM
Wednesday, May 7th – 9 AM to 9 PM
Thursday, May 8th – 9 AM to 1 PM
Posted by Annie Beth Ericsson


MIRO KODAMA Updated 04/10/2008

How can you add a little hint of color and humor to your living environment?
The DOOR SPLAT is the solution; it's a door stop that looks like a splash of paint. Made of 100% rubber, the DOOR SPLAT comes in five playful colors.

The whimsical nature of Pratt’s student body is exemplified in Miro Kodama’s Door Splat. Kodama, an Industrial Design senior at Pratt, turns a basic necessity into a visually stunning splash of color, like the fantasy form of a typical art student’s paint mess. And it seems ironic that such a liquid, wildly biomorphic shape would be the very structure to hold your heavy door open. Because when we first saw Kodama’s design, we couldn’t help but think of the holy grail of petty – I mean putty – distractions… Nickelodeon’s Gak! { http://www.retrojunk.com/details_commercial/2644/}

For children of the 90s, Nickelodeon is probably our first universal example of “Well, back in MY day… everything was SO much better.” And back in our day, there was Double Dare, a game show that made the most ridiculous, slimy messes a reality. Not to mention that we could have our very own green slime at home with Gak, a moldable compound that blew Play-Doh out of the water and we’re sure inspired an artist or two (plus, who could forget the noises?). Then came the Gak Pak, Floam, Smud, Goooze, Squeeez, and Squand. It was the decade of onomatopeic cool!

We’re impressed that from such a funny concept, a refined design is born. There’s nothing more important than maintaining a sense of humor and childlike inspiration with success. And now that we’re mature, sophisticated New Yorkers, it’s nice to know that we can still have a door stop that looks like a splat!

For more information, check out www.mkodama.com.

See Miro Kodama’s Door Splat with the work of other top innovative seniors at the Pratt Show. Pratt Students display the creative edge that alters consumers’ lifestyles and promotes company growth. More than 1,000 representatives from 400 companies attended last year’s show. See for yourself!


The Pratt Show
May 6-8th, 2008
Manhattan Center
311 W. 34th Street (at 8th Ave.)
New York, NY

Public Show Hours:
Tuesday, May 6th - 9 AM to 5 PM
Wednesday, May 7th – 9 AM to 9 PM
Thursday, May 8th – 9 AM to 1 PM
Posted by Annie Beth Ericsson