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Amelia Lnu

Astoria , New York, United States

Member since March 10, 2008


  • Imagedesign21_177_

    This project was developed with advice from Harriet Taub from Materials for The Arts, New York.

    People run out of satisfaction very quickly and easily. Once they feel a certain product no longer serves its purpose or fit into their likings, it is discarded quickly and easily, before they soon buy a new one. This explains why most of the furniture that I found on the street are actually very repairable and transformable, however not enough people know how to do it, let alone are compelled to do it.

    {UN}Wanted is a model organization that collects unwanted and damaged furniture from the streets of New York to be repurposed and transformed into new pieces of furniture. It is co-founded by designers who develop the project into a creative lab that welcomes the community to volunteer, collaborate and learn.

    Our mission is: To challenge current perceptions of products and aesthetics through unique assemblages of salvaged furniture and to offer a creative solution to furniture waste, while inspiring a productive attitude in young urban dwellers.

    {UN}Wanted offers a new kind of industrial process for a more sustainable future, while involving the community to leave their passive and consumptive attitude behind. By demonstrating design as more than just products and designers as facilitators, this strategy can be applied with many other ‘waste or material’ and in different urban context.

  • (UN)Wanted proposal1

    Community, Environmental Design

    Proposal1_177_

    one of three proposals. Furniture can be constructed using hand held tools and custom order of CNC parts from {UN)Wanted. By also offering volunteer programs, {UN}Wanted aims to invite and encourage the community to salvage, be creative and skillful.

  • (UN)Wanted proposal2

    Community, Environmental Design

    Proposal2_177_

    one of three proposals. Furniture can be constructed using hand held tools and custom order of CNC parts from {UN)Wanted. By also offering volunteer programs, {UN}Wanted aims to invite and encourage the community to salvage, be creative and skillful.

  • (UN)Wanted proposal1

    Community, Environmental Design

    Proposal1_177_

    one of three proposals. Furniture can be constructed using hand held tools and custom order of CNC parts from {UN)Wanted. By also offering volunteer programs, {UN}Wanted aims to invite and encourage the community to salvage, be creative and skillful.

  • (UN)Wanted proposal1

    Community, Environmental Design

    Proposal1_177_

    one of three proposals. Furniture can be constructed using hand held tools and custom order of CNC parts from {UN)Wanted. By also offering volunteer programs, {UN}Wanted aims to invite and encourage the community to salvage, be creative and skillful.

  • {UN}WANTED proposal2

    Environment

    Proposal2_177_

    this is another prototype in progress

  • {UN}WANTED proposal1

    Environment, Industrial Design

    Proposal1_177_

    this is one of the three proposal for prototypes

  • {UN}WANTED prototypes in progress

    Environment, Industrial Design

    In_progress_177_

    2 out of 3 prototypes in progress Constructed out of discarded furniture + CNC cut sheetgoods

  • Smallboard_amelialnu_177_

    My thesis is to found a model organization, {UN}WANTED that collects damaged and unwanted furniture from the streets of New York (inc.business and individuals donations) to be repaired, repurposed and transformed into desirable furniture pieces. It will be co-founded by designers who will ignite the project and develop it into a creative lab that welcomes the community to volunteer, collaborate and learn.

    MISSION STATEMENT: To challenge current perception of products & beauty through a unique assemblage of salvaged furniture, while inspiring productive attitude and creative solution to furniture waste problems in New York city

    DESIGN PHLOSOPHY People run out of satisfaction very quickly and easily. Once they feel a certain product no longer serves its purpose or fit into their likings, it is discarded so quickly and easily, before they soon buy a new one. This explains why most furniture I found are actually repairable and transformable. To salvage a piece of furniture on the streets is only the first step, to repair and return these furniture to its original condition is one possible solution, but still would not make these (previously discarded) furniture any more desirable and worthy of keeping before it fails to satisfy us once again.

    “I began to wonder what would happen when the universe stopped expanding and began to contract. Would we see broken cups gather themselves together off the floor and jump back to the table?”

    I ponder this quote by Stephen Hawki...

  • Smallboard_amelialnu_177_

    My thesis is to found a model organization, {UN}WANTED that collects damaged and unwanted furniture from the streets of New York (inc.business and individuals donations) to be repaired, repurposed and transformed into desirable furniture pieces. It will be co-founded by designers who will ignite the project and develop it into a creative lab that welcomes the community to volunteer, collaborate and learn.

    MISSION STATEMENT: To challenge current perception of products & beauty through a unique assemblage of salvaged furniture, while inspiring productive attitude and creative solution to furniture waste problems in New York city

    DESIGN PHLOSOPHY People run out of satisfaction very quickly and easily. Once they feel a certain product no longer serves its purpose or fit into their likings, it is discarded so quickly and easily, before they soon buy a new one. This explains why most furniture I found are actually repairable and transformable. To salvage a piece of furniture on the streets is only the first step, to repair and return these furniture to its original condition is one possible solution, but still would not make these (previously discarded) furniture any more desirable and worthy of keeping before it fails to satisfy us once again.

    “I began to wonder what would happen when the universe stopped expanding and began to contract. Would we see broken cups gather themselves together off the floor and jump back to the table?”

    I ponder this quote by Stephen Hawki...

Design is more than looking good, its being good

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My Interests

  • Industrial Design
  • Environmental Design
  • Communication Design
  • Fashion Design
  • Audio/Visual Design