AWID Members Gallery - Emily Robin
Emily Robin is an industrial designer who graduated from Parsons in 1998.
While at Parsons she majored in both furniture and industrial design.
Emily is presently designing a contemporary serving ware collection called
Curve for Rodney Kent. Rodney Kent has been manufacturing serving ware
since 1950. The pieces are manufactured from a non tarnishing aluminum
alloy called Magalon which is approved by the FDA for direct food contact.
The majority of the pieces
retail for under sixty dollars. They are being sold thought out the U.S.
although not in New York yet. For information on where to find these items
contact Shane Industries 845-485-3800.
The Lanky Lamp-originated as a student project but was subsequently produced
by George Kovacs. The lamp was originally designed as a children's lamp.
It was inspired by Dr. Seuss. In designing the first prototype I used
materials that were readily available the shade is synthetic hair glued
around a styrene shade. There are four variations that went into production.
The small table lamps have small rubber balls as feet, while the standing
lamps have a rubber ball on the pull cord. ( I have sent you a picture
of the original prototype titled Lanky Lamp as well as a picture of the
small table lamps that are still in production.) Lanky Lamp won an honorary
mention in ID Magazine in 1997 and was mention in the New York Times in
March 1998 and House Beautiful in May 1998.
Lean-To Chair-also originated while at Parsons. I really like this project
and would love to have it produced, but since my graduation I have been
busy working full time so it has been difficult for me to seriously look
in to having it produced. Maybe this will help. I came up with the concept
of this chair after noticing several people, including my self, taking
a swivel chair and sitting on it backwards with the back rest acting as
the arm rest. I wanted to explore new ways of seating so I designed this
chair to be straddled as if on a bike with arms leaning forward. I had
to mock up a temporary structure to help me determine the seat and arm
angles most comfortable for people of various height and body types. The
armature seat is a bent lamination of air craft ply the legs are tubular
steel. The armature is covered with a thin padding and covered with skin
diving neoprene. I can also see this chair made of ABS. This chair was
at the parsons booth at the ICFF in 1998.