andrew haythornthwaite: autoboxes
andrew haythornthwaite: autoboxes
jul 04, 2011

andrew haythornthwaite: autoboxes

‘autobox’ by andrew haythornthwaite image by lucas hardonk

during a collaborative workshop organized by dutch furniture company arco, new zealand-born okay studio member andrew haythornthwaite created ‘autoboxes.’ taking mechanical cues from the children’s toy jack-in-the-box, this project explores structures that can expand and contract with an easy gesture.

the two resulting manifestations convert storage objects into display units by simply turning a handle, one expanding horizontally and the other vertically.

andrew haythornthwaite: autoboxes vertical ‘autobox,’ closed image by lucas hardonk

andrew haythornthwaite: autoboxes horizontal ‘autobox,’ closed image by lucas hardonk

andrew haythornthwaite: autoboxes horizontal ‘autobox,’ open image by lucas hardonk

concept rendering
  • yes, PLEASE relax!
    these are all about fun, and joyfullnes and delight of simple motions that are easily read from the object.
    Well done, the proportions are spot on, the colours work beautifully and the solutions elegant.
    Love it.

    thumbs up
  • Very fun! Wonderful!
    The world needs more playful objects like these. Playful and functional.

    Some of you need to have a beer and relax.

  • this guys form okay studio are really boring… they are out of fashion, nothing new

  • Full of Wonder…
    Well done.

  • The ratio of mechanism to box is a bit high. They’d need a large space to operate in.

    It has a ‘Dr. Seuss’ sort of feel to me: more fun than function. Might be nice in one of these immense concrete bunkers we’ve been seeing lately.

  • neat!

  • these would be very difficult to keep one’s hands off of

  • why!!! why to do a transformer object….??

    Boring senseless

  • Those are really neat. They remind me a of sewing boxes. Well done!


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