Microwave End Table, Audio Stand, & Fluorescent Shelf

The Microwave End Table repurposes the outer casing of a microwave, incorporating a PCB-covered board as a central support. Drawing inspiration from the distinctive characteristics of the metal casing, its design seeks to captivate viewers and prompt a double-take. At first glance, it may be mistaken for a typical end table, but upon closer inspection, the unmistakable air vents on its sides reveal the piece's true origins. Like its counterpart, the Microwave Console, this piece combines the familiar and the unfamiliar, evoking a sense of familiarity and curiosity that invites further exploration.

The concept behind the Audio Stand raises the question: how would people adapt when their audio systems become inoperable, and new replacements are unavailable? It explores a possible outcome where individuals resort to makeshift solutions, like utilizing basic FM radio alarm clocks, to continue enjoying music. In this scenario, the alarm clock is integrated into a floor lamp frame, giving it a newfound significance and elevating its purpose beyond its original function.

The Fluorescent Shelf repurposes a fluorescent lighting fixture into a functional mounted shelf, using brackets and fastening hardware for its transformation. This piece aims to bring attention to commonly overlooked technology. In offices and schools, overhead lights often blend into the background, and yet they still contribute to e-waste. But with the Fluorescent Shelf, it takes center stage in a more prominent and engaging manner. This piece serves as a reminder that e-waste encompasses more than just phones and computers — it includes seemingly inconspicuous items that often go unnoticed.

Portfolio 2020-2023
Aidan Chavez
Last updated: Sept-17-2023

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