I just finished designing three products as a part of my thesis at the Rhode Island School of Design. The central object in this series was a wooden stepladder meant for the home. Wood was chosen for it’s aesthetic qualities and steel for it’s structural qualities. The steps are angled to be parallel with the ground when in use, curved on the sides to allow the steel mechanism to fold, and routed with grooves to provide a grip for the user. The frame consists of two bent laminated components that are produced from the same mold, for ease of manufacturing.
The other two projects, a bedside lamp and two notebooks, can be found on my website.