The Inspiration: Conventional take-out boxes fold out into a plate for the users to better enjoy their meal! Why don’t more things work such magic?
[Images courtesy of Kenji Shimada, CMU]
The Objective: To create a container out of folded paper of any weight that can transform into something else: e.g. a take out box into a plate, a ketchup cup into a plate, an origami box into a cup, and so on
The Rules: must be made of paper, no attachment mechanisms, no adhesives, must transform into something else but doesn’t need to revert back
The Tools: laser cutter, exact-o knives
The Focus: functionality, aesthetic, use quality, ease of use, repeatability in use, cognizant of small features
Ideation in sketches
The decision was to go with a transforming phone case, in particular for an iPhone 5s (the closest phone at hand). The case would fold into a charging stand for use with the phone at night.
Design inspirations for the stand were taken from a project done by French designer Julien Madérou, whose website can be found here.
The case was designed off of the base design for a paper iPhone stand by Madérou, changing dimensions around, adding fold lines and functional holes for buttons, switches, and the iPhone screen.
A lot of prototypes were made, with many failures.
Back to the drawing board for a while
Eventually, a design was reached that worked.
The color veneer paper enables customization on the back if the customer so chose to laser-engrave it with any pattern or text. The design is almost all straight lines, so it can be made easily with an exact-o knife and paper if needed.
The design flyer is a summary of use, with a little added flair!