In the Kohl’s Design It! Lab at Discovery World, you can order up hands-on projects and begin turning your ideas into beautifully designed products.
Every month we invite you to become better acquainted with the designers in the Kohl’s Design It! Lab (KDI! Lab). This month, get to know designer Ben Tyjeski. From his favorite artists to his favorite food, see what inspires Ben to create different projects for the design lab!
Last weekend in the Kohl’s Design It! Lab was full of terrariums and helmets! Check out some photographs of what happened in the lab.
Design Futurist intern Parker collaborated with educator Catie to design helmets with a group of kids and adults.
On Saturday, designer Ben instructed the public to create terrariums that focused on play and experimentation with recycled materials.
In the QuickShop, one project that the public designed was record clocks. Vibrant and jazzy!
Every month we invite you to become better acquainted with the designers in the Kohl’s Design It! Lab (KDI! Lab). This month, get to know designer Mike Chambasian. From his favorite artists to his favorite food, see what inspires Mike to create different projects for the design lab!
On October 5, Kohl’s Design It! Member Carrie Hill-Schueller participated in a Big Head Workshop with her son. While assembling the bobble head, she presented a photograph to us of a design project she did for her nine year old son. We were stunned! Carrie altered a simple child’s squirt gun into a steampunk Starwars design for a Boba Fett costume.
While she loved the shape and detailing, the object was too colorful. We asked her about the process of appropriating the squirt gun and this is what she shared with us: “I changed [the toy gun] right away by spray painting the entire gun satin black and finally detailing it with a product called Rub n’ Buff (a little bit goes a long). I also added a few minor details like a Lego bendable tube, and some “rivets” (it was actually a paper holder that I cut the metal foldy wings off) and purchased some vintage looking glass vials as well.”
We appreciated her initiative to tackle this design problem and share her results with us. As seen in the photographs, this project is one of many. The Kohl’s Design It! Lab aspires that its members feel the freedom to play and tinker with objects to design new ones. Carrie and her son will be present at the Galatic Projects event this Saturday, October 19 at Discovery World fully dressed as Boba Fett.
Kohl’s Design It! Lab was animated this weekend with everyone on their toes and saving the day. On Saturday for the Workshop, jelly enthusiast Julie Polan instructed a class on creating molds and casting for edible yummies. Projects included creating a tray for casting jelly or ice in the shapes of beatles and insects and designing food safe molds of bones for casting chocolate or gelatin. Just imaginge suprising someone with ice bugs and chocolate bones in your freezer! Trick or treat? Designer Jake assisted with the workshop as well as Design Futurists Afinah and Shannon.
Quickshop was charged with positive energy and design creativity. All the Kohl’s Design It! staff were dressed as superheros, and even a couple villians! The most popular projects were the superhero costume, polypropylene trick or treat bags and vacuum formed terrariums. Most notably, there was a lot more collaboration between family members on projects than on other weekends. Our member Lynn expressed that “we loved the Halloween themed projects today. Easy, fun and educational. Did I mention fun?” Everyone got involved in the design process, from sketching, cutting, sealing, and striking a pose in front of the vibrant Lake Michigan backdrop. There is still plenty of time to prepare for the festivities! We will see you next weekend in the Kohl’s Design It! Lab!
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