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.
MATERIAL: BIRCH PLYWOOD
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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.
Submitted Secret: I’M AFRAID OF BUTTERFLYSFig. 04
SUBMITTED SECRET: “MY MOTHER HAS THE NERVE TO CALL ME MENTALLY ILL BUT LETS OUR DOG HUMP HER LEG.”