From Bees For Bees

A digitally-gleaned, beeswax beehive designed for sustainable bee protection and research


KOREA+SWEDEN YOUNG DESIGN AWARD 2021 - FINAL WINNER

2022 Renovators Shortlist Award from OPPO


20.09.22-25.09.22 20th London Design Festival
OPPO Renovators 2022-Emerging Artists Project, Cromwell Place Lavery Studio, London

08.10.21-10.10.21 Design Korea 2021-Korea+Sweden Young Design Award, Seoul 


"From Bees For Bees" is a speculative design project that combines natural and digital techniques to create a protective, research-oriented beehive. This stone-shaped beehive, constructed using a two-layer structure, leverages beeswax for the inner honeycomb and translucent resin for the outer shield.

The design is inspired by the instinctive behaviors of East Asian honeybees, with the form of the beehive mirroring that of stones, a common nesting location for these bees. This was achieved through "digital gleaning" – scanning, modifying, and 3D printing natural stone structures to create a bee-friendly design.

Key to this project is the use of beeswax, a sustainable byproduct of the honeybee life cycle, in constructing the honeycomb, emphasizing the "from bees to bees" principle. Furthermore, the outer resin shield not only offers protection but also allows for observational research into bees' construction processes.



Being a Giraffe:
Redefining Zoo Experiences Through Immersive VR Encounters

An Innovative Journey into the World of Giraffes, Fostering Empathy and Understanding

2022 AcrossRCA Project from
Royal College of Art

2023 Solo-X project from Imperial College London / Royal College of Art


Being a Giraffe redefines zoo experiences through immersive VR encounters, fostering empathy and understanding. By stepping into the hooves of a giraffe, visitors gain a deeper understanding of their lives and the challenges they face. The project advocates for animal rights, raises awareness about captive environments, and inspires compassion.

Through innovative VR technology, Being a Giraffe offers educational insights into giraffe behavior, ecology, and conservation challenges. Join us on this transformative journey to reshape the way we engage with animals, promote wildlife conservation, and create a world where animals are treated with respect and dignity.



Mandarin Language Learning Module: A Cyber Physical System for Pronunciation and Handwriting Practice

An interactive tool for Mandarin pronunciation and handwriting practice using dynamic visualizations.




Cyber Physical Systems 2022 from
Imperial College London and
Royal College of Art
The project by Hanju Seo, Sabrina Tian, and Xinyi Zhou introduces an innovative system that utilizes Wekinator and 3D visualizations to aid in learning Mandarin Chinese pronunciation and character writing.

The system demonstrates the correct stroke order and pronunciation for several elementary Mandarin characters.

Supplementary materials like codes and 3D models are provided for further development and replication.





TangiPriv:
Tangibilizing Digital Privacy

Intuitive, interactive device that leverages tactile engagements to empower users with better control and understanding of their digital privacy levels



Cambridge Helcules Design Challenge 2022
TangiPriv, an innovative solution to digital privacy concerns, serves as a digital privacy protection assistant and password generator.

As the digital world expands and privacy becomes paramount, the device simplifies digital privacy through tangible, visual representations, fostering better understanding and management. It distinguishes digital data based on sensitivity, requiring tailored levels of confirmation for actions with differing risk levels.

Users interact with the device through a tactile wheel, selecting desired privacy areas like financial information, house and car keys, location, health, contact info, and more, displayed on an intuitive screen. Uniquely, TangiPriv employs a tactile rod-based confirmation system, generating a pattern relative to the risk of the chosen privacy area. This unique approach enhances user awareness of their digital interactions, instilling greater transparency, control, and security in our digital era.



EcoMoving

EcoMoving is a rebranding initiative, turning Boscombe Pier into an ecological hub that boosts visitor connectivity via sustainable activities and infrastructure.




Grand Challenge 2022 from
Royal College of Art

EcoMoving is a transformative initiative enhancing connectivity between two Bournemouth, England piers by fostering sustainable practices. It introduces biomaterial-based tools for marine plant collection, an eco-friendly boat service, and a mobile workshop for bioplant material creation.

Aimed for completion by 2035, the project's stages include establishing tourism infrastructure, constructing seaside hotels and activity projects, and building biomaterial-based facilities, driving ecological preservation and local economic growth.



BranchLink

3D printed PLA scaffolding to connect tree branches, forming a novel interface between natural resources and digital-based artefacts.
BranchLink innovatively merges natural elements and digital technology by creating unique multi-connected structures using 3D printed PLA scaffolds and discarded tree branches.

Inspired by exploring the potential value in physically connecting natural resources and digital artifacts, this project utilizes 3D scanning techniques to design scaffolds that respect the original form of each branch.

BranchLink exemplifies the fusion of the natural and digital worlds, transforming discarded branches into functional structures that highlight sustainability and resource conservation, embodying the profound possibilities that emerge when nature and technology intersect.