Hotel: Three Inspirations from Japan

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YEAR: 2018

ROLE: Researcher/Designer

Hotel is a collection of hotel proposals inspired by various cultural sources from Japan. The pamphlet was created in response to a job application prompt, but as some of the proposals can be investigated on an informal basis in the preliminary stages, the pamphlet serves as an outline for future research and creation. Full research process proposals are forthcoming.

Two rubrics guided proposal development. One establishes categories for lodging types with "regulated/anarchic" and "independent/immersive" axes. The other defines the value of a new concept in more general terms, according to three criteria: the novelty of the concept, the existing interest or appeal of the concept, and its value for society. The rubric declares that if at least two of these criteria are not met, an idea is probably not worth pursuing.

SPOT Ecosystem

YEAR: 2018 

ROLE: Designer [prototype/proposal]

The SPOT Ecosystem was developed as an assignment for an Intro to Engineering class in which we were to individually create a product to counter the phenomenon of porch piracy. The SPOT Ecosystem is intended as an aesthetic and functional enhancement over existing solutions such as the Package Guard.

A simple prototype demonstrates the siren functionality with packages placed on and removed from the platform. The prototype form was fabricated with PLA on a MakerBot and quarter-inch birch plywood on a laser cutter. The electronics were modeled with Arduino.

Moon Lamp

YEAR: 2017

ROLE: Designer [prototype]

The Moon Lamp is an experiment in reducing packaging waste and exploring the virtues of readily available recyclable materials to create functional designs. The "base" of the lamp is its original box, into which all components can fit.


While a laser-cut version would be more precise in its aesthetics, the prototype demonstrates the simplicity and reproducibility of the design, avoiding complex joints.


Aside from the Japanese paper used in this prototype as a shading element, anyone with some leftover cardboard, a little time, and a bulb and socket could produce their own version. This design offers a straightforward means of disassembly and transport - a feature commonly lacking in DIY cardboard lamps such as this.