My Major project: exploring how the interaction between the product and user can help develop narrative and connection. Using secret compartments to encourage that interaction.
Through this project I explored the perception of, and interaction with a product by the user. This was done through the integration of secret compartments into functional pieces; examining how this could be used to create and nurture value. Through this integration, interaction and exploration of these pieces is encouraged, and it allows the user to develop a personal narrative and connection with the piece through the process of discovery and the intrinsic fun and functionality of hidden spaces. Through this entire project, my ultimate goal was to create valued pieces of furniture with personality, originality and soul.
The Pokerbox was built as a part of the Declassified Project, exploring how secret compartments can encourage interaction with a piece. This jewellery-style box is custom built and fitted with everything needed to play a friendly game of poker. But also concealed within this design are two secret compartments, accessible only through interaction with the piece. To allow you to explore this box ad discover for yourself the secret compartments concealed within, I have developed an interactive portal where you can navigate around and discover the PokerBox.
View this at: www.declassifieddesign.co.uk
The Chevron and folding coin wallets were both designed and made with the incorporation of secret compartments in mind. The chevron wallet is of Bifold design, featuring a card holder, coin pouch and full-size fabric lined notes bill. It also conceals three secret compartments. The coin wallet is designed specifically for the easy use of coins by having them slide out into the fold out tray, but the design also features a concealed notes stash operated by pulling a concealed tab.
© Daniel Taylor-2020