What started as a creative outlet for Jeff Sheldon to design products that fit his taste, quickly grew into a full-blown design brand and family business. Jeff’s approach to Ugmonk focuses on producing small batches of quality products with a simple design aesthetic and intense attention to detail.
In this video Jeff discusses the Ugmonk’s roots & his approach to building the brand.
Video produced while working at RVTR in July 2012. rvtr.com/
RVTR was approached to design and produce the 2012 MobiPrize to be presented at Rio+20, The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil June 13-22 2012. MobiPrize is a global award for entrepreneurial ventures in sustainable transportation initiated and operated by individuals under the age of 35. Created by the University of Michigan SMART initiative with the generous support of the Rockefeller Foundation, MobiPrize recognizes enterprises that demonstrate innovative, scalable and replicable solutions to local and global transportation challenges.
Our design for MobiPrize utilizes the geometric construct of a Möbius strip – to depict the seamless continuity and access to movement that is central to the ambitions of new mobility entrepreneurs. The form is milled from a solid billet of recycled 7075 aluminum, using a five-axis CNC gantry device, and is finished to preserve the legibility of the multiple successive toolpaths that produce its specific figure and texture. Developed with Wes McGee of the Taubman College FabLab, the project posed specific challenges for toolpath design given the combination of an object consisting of a continuous surface, and the desire to eliminate repositioning the artifact during machining so as to permit the fabrication to be undertaken in a single, continuous pass.
Congratulations to the 2012 MobiPrize winners!
Project Team: Geoffrey Thün, Adam Smith, Lisa Sauvé, Wes McGee (digital fabrication)
Music: "As Colorful As Ever" by Broke For Free (brokeforfree.com/)
CLAY documents the process of transformation of a piece of clay from a point view playful and experimental. The six-minute projection showing the evolution of the object fang on contact with water, its ambiguous utility, hardness and fragility, and its disruption and dissolution, before his return to nature.
Short film documenting the process of carving large blocks of granite that form the Sean Collier Memorial designed by Höweler + Yoon Architecture. Filmed at Quarra Stone in Madison, Wisconsin.
PROJECT DESIGN TEAM
Design: Professor J. Meejin Yoon
Architect of Record: Höweler + Yoon Architecture LLP
Specialty Masonry Consultant: Ochsendorf DeJong and Block Consulting Engineers
Structural Engineer of Record: Knippers Helbig- Advanced Engineering
Landscape Architect: Richard Burck Associates
MIT Research Assistants: William Plunkett (SMBT ’15), Corentin Fivet (Post Doc), Euipoom Estelle Yoon (BSA ’16), Anna Kaertner (BSA ’15), Cecile Lu (BSA ’16), Marianna Gonzalez (Wellesley BA ’16)
Construction Manager: Suffolk Construction
Stone Fabricator: Quarra Stone Company, LLC
Granite Erector: Phoenix Bay State Construction Company
Granite Supplier (Quarry): Virginia Mist Group
Synecdoche: Lisa Sauve + Adam Smith