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Industrial Design graduands showcase innovative products

28 May 2012

Foldiloo allows dog owners to clear their pet's litter in a more convenient manner

The eraser with 140 corners is inspired by fractal geometry

Final-year NUS students showcased their innovative designs and products covering an array of areas such as lifestyle, education and technology at The Plaza @ National Library. The exhibition took place at this year's Division of Industrial Design (DID) Graduation Show from 25 to 27 May.

Delivering his opening address, NUS Deputy President (Academic Affairs) and Provost Prof Tan Eng Chye lauded the show as being a "remarkable attempt and effort by the school and students to convey ideas into beautiful and functional objects."

"The solutions seek to be aesthetic, creative and applicable. While appreciating the finer product, one cannot help but marvel at the intricacies and challenges of the design process. A journey from the conception of an idea to marrying it to craft, science and philosophy," said Prof Tan.

Chan Min Yun's "Fractals" is one such aesthetic work. Using fractals or geometric structures having irregular shapes, she created everyday products including an eraser with 140 corners for precise erasing of detailed drawings and a humidifier with 900cm2 packed in a volume of 155cm3.

As for Roger Yeo, he was inspired to create "Foldiloo", a foldable toilet for dogs in small homes. It offers dog owners a more pleasant and convenient way to clear their pet's litter. As a dog lover, the project allowed him to understand more about the four-legged animal.

In addition to the graduands' works, the exhibition also displayed projects carried out with industry collaborators such as World Kitchen, the Housing Development Board, OSIM and Origins.

Founded in 1999, the NUS Industrial Design Programme is offered by the University's School of Design and Environment. DID has been receiving recognition for its designs, garnering awards including Netexplo Grand Prix 2012, runner-up prize in the James Dyson Award 2012, and "Les Découvertes" in Maison & Objet in Paris. Its works have also been displayed at the prestigious Museum of Modern Art in New York.