I’m Franklin Gaw and I’m an industrial design student at Carnegie Mellon University.
I recently got back from studying abroad at Design Academy Eindhoven in the Netherlands and am currently finishing my third year in Pittsburgh.
During summer 2011, I worked as an industrial design intern in Cincinnati, OH at Procter and Gamble (P&G).
Currently, I will be working in San Francisco as a Mobile/UX Design Intern at Samsung for summer 2012.
Eco-lantern is a camping lantern that functions as both a light and a terrarium as well. I wanted to create a lighting product that could connect and create interactions between people and the environment on a more personal level, and that a lantern acting as a small eco-system for a sapling would help facilitate this idea.
The Aha moment was realizing that the terrarium shouldn’t just be something that was static in one place but rather allowing the light to travel, be carried, and interacted with. This resulted in the form to become a campling lanter, encouraging interaction with both the plant itself and the environment it comes from.