Updated 2023
Mark
 
Secret Box

Grad Project


For my industrial design program, our class assignment asked us to find something used, old, abandoned, or obsolete, and find a new purpose for it. 

My solution to the brief was, SECRET BOX.

Situated in the Shiela C. Johnson Design Center of Parsons School of Design, I placed an unassuming box that, upon closer inspection, would ask for strangers to anonymously submit their secrets. Once collected, I transfered these secrets onto care-content labels which could then be sewn onto the label of a stranger’s garment.

Fig. 01
Above: First Draft Ideation and Technical Draft

Fig. 02

MATERIAL: BIRCH PLYWOOD. DIMENSIONS:4x4 FT   DETAIL MITRE-SAWED CORNERS

Fig. 02, explained:

To attract secret submissions I wanted a box that looked inconspicuous. but also reverent and holy with its design language. Thus, I made the decision to leave the wood unstained,
and outwardly, unadorned. In order to emphasize the ritualistic aspect of secret spilling, I made sure that the form of the box looked and felt similar to the experience one would feel while using a“prie-duex,” otherwise known as a common prayer kneeler.  



Fig. 03

 
Submitted Secret: “I’M AFRAID OF BUTTERFLYS”


Fig. 04

 SUBMITTED SECRET: “MY MOTHER HAS THE NERVE TO CALL ME MENTALLY ILL BUT LETS OUR DOG HUMP HER LEG.”


SUBMITTED SECRET: “MY BOYFRIEND AND I RECENTLY PURCHASED A SEX TOY FOR HIM TO USE ON ME...BEST INVESTMENT EVER.”