Oculus Thrift – Part 1


For anyone who is interested in virtual reality interfaces or the developments within gaming software and hardware, you will have heard of the Oculus Rift.
The Oculus Rift is a virtual reality, head mounted display, developed by Oculus VR, that allows the user to be immersed within the game they are playing. With the additional headphones, this could be considered the ultimate gaming experience.

Until recently, I had heard of the Oculus Rift: through friends and several gaming youtube channels, but I was not interested in investigating the product further.
That was until Google produced its own Google Cardboard, providing an .AI file that allows anyone to download and manually cut (or more preferably laser cut) out their own Oculus, aptly naming it the ‘Oculus Thrift
Released in 2014, ‘Google Cardboard’ was developed by David Coz and Damien Henry, engineers at the Google Cultural Institute in Paris. The product operates by using the viewers smartphone to run and play different VR apps. The phone is inserted into the front of the headset and two magnets fixed to the side can be used to simulate the click function. You also need too purchase two lenses to optimise the viewing experience, but apart from that, some bits of velcro and cutting it all out, anyone can have their own Oculus for a fraction of the price.

Here is my mine just after it was laser cut.

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Even though this is just a cardboard cut out, with an NFC tag, velcro and two magnets, it is really worth trying out! Depending on the quality of the VR app you choose to download, you really get to experience what the actual Oculus is like!

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So, I have decided that I would like to have a go at developing my own design: taking my first ever attempt and developing it into a more refined, unique version. I already have a few ideas about the construction and I am looking forward to blogging about the future design developments.

Watch this space!


3D printed ring commission


Alongside my current work as a design intern, I have also been keeping busy with my own little projects, including a few commissions. My most recent one was for a good friend I met in Utrecht, who wanted me to design a ring for a close friend of hers.
The brief was straightforward, she wanted a black, 3D printed bat ring. Perhaps something with a bit more dimension and she also suggested a heart in the centre.

This is was I came up with.


For the first design, I knew I would be working in laser sintered nylon, so I was very wary of the unsupported lengths. I also wanted to design a ring that was still wearable, without the band of the ring compromising the overall look. By using the heart as a centre piece and creating ‘facets’ I was able to draw along those lines to create the band and wings.


However, with this first design, I felt it was a bit to busy. The extra supports would make the ring stronger, but with the skeletal frame I was working to, it would still be relatively fragile. Therefore, I decided to strip the design back and use the nylon as a prototype for a steel version.

I am very pleased with the end result and I am also glad that I choose to strip back the design to its original structure. I feel the use of ‘white space’ really makes the design stand out and makes the overall appearance more balanced.

And most importantly, the client and her friend, were both very happy with the end result!

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Dutch Design Week


During my stay in the Netherlands, I took the opportunity to attend Dutch Design week. Now in its thirteenth edition, Dutch Design week is an annual event that takes place in Eindhoven from the 18th to the 26th of October, displaying innovations in design, from freelance individuals, to companies and educational establishments.

Dutch Design Week

“I’ve seen the future…. I’ve been in Eindhoven for Dutch Design Week for the past few days and the energy, creativity and imagination I’ve come across has been a revelation.”
– Marcus Fairs, Dezeen. October 24. 2013.(Quote courtesy of http://www.ddw.nl)

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Upon arriving in Eindhoven, my first stop was to a unique store known as ‘onigiri’. Onigiri provides a plethora of products from up and coming artists and designers alongside a wide variety of humorous, inventive and witty gadgets, homeware and their own line of Dutch designed t-shirts
In addition to their stock, the store also offers laser cutting and 3d printing services to produce one-of-a-kind gifts for customers.
This store immediately caught my eye, not just because of the Ultimaker sitting in the window, but because they also had some of Michiel Cornelissen’s jewellery pieces as part of the window display. Overall, I was really impressed with the store and I felt it displayed a great balance between unique designs, quirky gifts and CAD/CAM services.

Nano Superarket


Another pleasant surprise during ‘Dutch design week’ was the Nano Supermarket; a vehicle that travels around a variety of design events, presenting speculative ‘nanotech’ products to the public. The concept behind the Nano supermarket is not to display products that are currently for sale, but to provide some potential examples of what technological products could be in our shops in 10 years time!
I must admit, a few of the ideas were quite far fetched, including  the ‘Menoé uterus pearl’ a contraceptive pill that, over time, would mature into a pearl. However, a lot of other ideas had plausability such as: The Nano ‘Wallsmart’ paint; an interior paint that is supplied with its own phone app, making redecorating a thing of the past and allowing you to change your walls at the touch of a button. We already have lighting that can change via smartphone apps, why not a wall?
To me, Nano supermarket has allowed designers and individuals to think freely about the future of technology and design. Without any of the current constraints of certain processes and materials, this way of thinking really broadens one’s imagination about future products and breaks away from our own mental boundaries when formulating ideas.

Ontdek Fabriek


Our next stop was ‘Ontdek Fabriek’, an old factory that had been turned into a facility specialising in educating and inspiring students, children and even groups of business men / women to think creatively and explore a hands-on approach to design and craftsmanship.
The factory itself was decked out with a small cafe, green screen, workshop tables and many unique constructions dotted about, such as swings and tricycles. Although this facility was mainly aimed at children and families, it also offered team building courses for companies and schools and the atmosphere was brilliant to experience.

I also visited one of the larger DDW venues ‘Klokgebouw 2014’ which consisted of 4 different themed zones, all demonstrating the future of contemporary design through special projects.
These projects ranged from interiors, to industrial design, platforms in the creative industry and new materials / experimental applications. One of the main projects featured three completely solar-powered racing cars and I was also very interested in the projects that specialised in using new technologies and 3D design to aid medical care for children. One in particular ‘Designed to fit’ used 3D images of children’s faces, compiling data to produce a more ergonomic, mechanical ventilation mask.
In addition to that, I also got to view some of the top 3D printed jewellery companies, including : Olajewelry, dyvsign and oform. These were very exciting for me, as I got to compare the variations in 3dprinted jewellery styles and inform myself more about the direction of CAD/CAM in jewellery.

Unfortunately, I was not able to attend every stall or venue, but from what I did see, I was amazed by the diversity of the projects presented and it has definitely broadened my perspective of contemporary design, as well as highlighting to me that 3D technologies can provide so much more than just an accurate and precise print.
To top off the day, I also got to pay a visit to Eindhovens largest skate park, Area 51!

Utrecht Design Store


Recently, Michiel Cornelissen Ontwerp was approached by Poush.nl and Zook.nl ( initiated by La Senzo ), two companies that specialise in online shopping and temporary pop-up shops, to contribute to a pop-up shop in the Hoog Cathrijne in Utrecht.

Called the ‘Utrecht Design Store’ this shop opened on the 1st of November and will run until the 1st of December, featuring 18 different designer’s products from jewellery, to fashion, art and home-wares. The concept behind the shop is the exhibit local designers and their work to the public, whilst also providing the necessary information (Via QR code) for potential customers to read more about the products and order them online.

After seeing one of our most recent products online, the ‘Dom Toren’ pendant, Zook&Poush enquired if they could add it to the stores collection. In addition to that, they also asked if one of the publicity photos that I took could be used as part of this display, which is not only great exposure for the MCHL design store, but also a personal achievement for myself.

For more information on the store and the featured designers, click here.



Ghost 3d-printed spinning top release!


Allow me to introduce to you a new product at the MCHL and ‘Michiel Cornelissen’ Shapeways store! http://shpws.me/wr5S

“Ghost is a lightweight, 3d-printed stainless steel spinning top unlike any you’re likely to have seen. Ghost already looks pretty good when it’s resting; but take it for a spin and it creates a fascinating, semi-transparent outline of a top.

And that’s not all. Ghost’s wiry structure also makes for a very efficient spinning top geometry: we’ve already had it spin for about 1.5 minutes – pretty incredible for a 10 gram top. Check out the video!”


This spinning top is one of many products I have been working on, preparing information and producing high quality photos for its release online. I am particularly proud of my work here as I was able to try out some new software (Adobe Premiere pro) and have a go at shooting and editing my own video! Although the video is relatively simple, this was a great experience for me and I found I was able to pick up the basics quickly and really enjoyed exploring a different form of digital software. Needless to say, this Ghost video will be the first of many!