In this third assignment we were asked to design a new product with the material ‘agar agar’. Experiencing its characteristics we needed to come up with a product that fitted the material.
As an inspiration we used the fact that the material is transparent and related to other transparant products, in our case ice cubes. Since ice cubes have an aesthetic value as well as a functional one we wanted to implement both, except for the fact ice cubes melt and the aesthetic value is not visible any more.
During the process we wanted to use the agar agar as ice cubes and implement different other components to see what could be turned into this special agar agar ice cube and what not. In the process we discovered not everything could be turned into agar agar, it was a process of creativity, waiting, laughing, waiting some more and checking the results after they had been put in the fridge for a while.
The artists at work:
After developing some knowledge about the material and experiencing with it we came up with the final product: Yz! The new ice cubes that give aesthetic value to your drink and do not melt away when you enjoy your drink.
The mint leaves in the agar agar give a fresh sense to your drink and this remains that way because the cubes don’t melt like normal ice cubes would! The new special exclusive look for your drink.
Next to mint leaves we also tried to use lemon parts in the agar agar to be able to represent some aspects in a mojito, however the agar agar did not stick to the skin of the lemon, so only the flesh was embedded in the agar agar, showing a different sight.
From now on everybody can enjoy their Yz in their drink without spoiling it with a watery flavour and remain the aesthetic value of the ice cubes.
Robert, Jie, Nick, David, Nelline & Xeï