Roots Box  Jewellery container that knits itself

Roots Box
Jewellery container that knits itself

  Second Life  Makes unworn jewellery wearable again

Second Life
Makes unworn jewellery wearable again

  The Un  Container for objects of discomfort

The Un
Container for objects of discomfort

  Ubiquitous Box  Makes any drawer or cupboard a jewellery box

Ubiquitous Box
Makes any drawer or cupboard a jewellery box

  Periscopic Boxes  If you can see the jewellery it can see you

Periscopic Boxes
If you can see the jewellery it can see you

  Now Box  Adapts itself over a lifetime

Now Box
Adapts itself over a lifetime

My Life in a Sock Drawer (2007) was a research project examining the potential for designers to engage with the emotional significance of objects by focusing on the storage of sentimental jewellery.

It traces the relationship between unworn jewellery and identity, and the means by which women use jewellery to access and evidence their life experiences. In light of this, the research proposes alternatives to conventional storage boxes.

Primary information was gathered during interviews with a selection of women and this was used to guide practical design processes such as drawing and modelling. Consequently a series of object outcomes were produced.

These new 'containers' are intended to reflect and augment certain types of interaction uncovered during the interviews. The project provides new insights into the psychology of storage and constitutes a fertile design strategy.

Download a pdf explaining the project.

Funded by the AHRC.

All images © Tomás Valenzuela Blejer