Pandora’s Box: Final Project!

Hello guys! 🙂

So last week I updated y’all on the process about my new sketch models. After that Cheryl gave me more feedback during class and so based on the new feedback, I went on to create my single final model!

Unfortunately, on Friday I came down with a fever during class and couldn’t stay through the whole thing to see the other’s works and the critiques. :'( Plus when I was packing up to drag myself to the school clinic (damn cheap btw) I totally forgot to take pictures of the final model itself. Should’ve probably taken them the day before but I was so tired already and I had other work to do. 🙁 But I will be uploading them on Monday! So I’ll just put the description here first.

Here are the links to the previous posts concerning my process with Pandora’s Box:

3D Sketch Model: ‘Complementary’

Second Draft 3D Sketch Models for Pandora’s Box


The final model is made out of 3 boxes! The biggest box was my original orange Nike box, except I trimmed the top cover of the box to make it fit more like a uniform box instead of sticking out like normal shoebox covers. Initially I wanted to make the bottom box entirely out of wood, but I couldn’t find such big slabs of wood, so I improvised and instead bought cork tape to cover up the box to give a ‘woody’ effect. This was so that I could convey a sense of being grounded but not too flashy as well. The next box is a small box wedged into the top of the big box made out of foam, then covered in hard black paper, such that it would be very muted and less noticeable. After that, I stacked up the final box that was also made out foam, but covered in aluminium sheets that I had cut and glued all over the box (very tedious ouch). I wanted to bring out a feeling that the top box was very heavy and significant, to bring about the feeling of ‘levitation’ into the overall structure as well. I was inspired by modern house structures that are very industrial looking and make use of wood, glass and black metal as complementary materials.

I made it such that the relationships between all the boxes was obvious even from different directions, as I’ll show in the 2D Sketch Analyses later. The large ‘wooden’ box is the dominant, the aluminium box is the subdominant, whereas the little black box is the subordinate.



2D Sketch Analysis of Final Pandora’s Box: Front View
2D Sketch Analysis of Final Pandora’s Box: Back View
2D Sketch Analysis of Final Pandora’s Box: SIde View
2D Sketch Analysis of Final Pandora’s Box: Top View
2D Sketch Analysis of Final Pandora’s Box: Bottom View

As you can see from the analyses, I aligned the middles of the dominant and the subdominant for a more balanced look, thus bringing in a complementary sense. However, I decided to position the subordinate more to side to bring in more interest into the composition, but still at the 1/3 marking of both the subdominant and the dominant, thus tying both the ideas of unity and variety into the model without discounting on the design aspect. Furthermore, I used the positioning such that all the boxes would be visible from any angle. If I had made the subordinate shorter, or placed the subdominant further outwards, from the top or bottom views, there would have been boxes that would have been obscured.




Small-scale application for Final Pandora’s Box
Small-scale application for Final Pandora’s Box

My small-scale application for my model would be a Study Buddy, a machine to assist students or office workers in organising their study life/daily schedules! The first picture shows how the Buddy will be used, whereas the second picture shows the Buddy before it is put to use. The top will be a clock displaying the time and personalised messages. It can even show the weather and other relevant information with a click of a button. The lower half will be used as a message board to hold post-its, reminders, memos, inspirational messages and photos..the list goes on! Apart from that, there is an additional night light attached to the box that can be turned on and off, depending on the time of the day, making sure that the user does not strain their eyes.



Large-scale application for Final Pandora’s Box

My choice for the large-scale application would be a restaurant table! The large surface will serve as a table, whereas the smaller subdominant will serve as a small side table for the customer to place their belongings, or stack their finished dishes on. The subdominant red box is a small drawer to store cutlery and tissues for the customers to use, and could also serve as a beverage dispenser.



While I am fairly happy with my final work, I feel that there were certain aspects I could have improved on. For example, I could have made more use of the crafting techniques like wedging, cradling and piercing, and I could have contrasted the materials better, like making the top of the dominant different from the material of the subordinate. I will definitely take note of these and improve on these aspects for the next Project, Gaia’s Ikebana. Till then, see yall next post! :)))

  • Niki



Pandora’s Box: Second 3D Sketch Models

Hello guys!

So after a few weeks I’ve finally settled on  another look for my Pandora’s Box(es?) with the theme ‘Complementary’! After Cheryl introduced us to the concepts of wedging, cradling and piercing, I found that it was easier to come up with more vivid and interesting ideas and orientations for the boxes.


Second 3D Sketch Model A, Pandora’s Box, Side View
Second 3D Sketch Model A, Pandora’s Box, Front View
Second 3D Sketch Model A, Pandora’s Box, Back View
Second 3D Sketch Model A, Pandora’s Box, Top View
Second 3D Sketch Model A, Pandora’s Box, Bottom View

For this sketch model, I decided to go with the new technique that was introduced called wedging, where a section of a block is cut off such that the curve/corners of another box fit nicely into it. As you can see from the first and second pictures, I cut off a section of the blue foam so that it can fit onto the orange Nike shoe box! I went with this arrangement after Cheryl suggested that perhaps I could try to bring in an element of ‘levitation’ into the composition, and so I tried to stray away from the generic idea of ‘symmetry’ to convey complements. The blue strip is supporting the bigger white box to show the idea of harmony, which is further supported by the Nike box, to try to convey the idea of harmony despite differences.

I think the relationships between the 3 boxes are fairly easy to recognise – the orange Nike box is the dominant, the smaller white box on top is the subdominant, whereas the thin blue strip sticking out is the subordinate. Also, to go further with the idea of ‘complementary’, I arranged the boxes according to the Rule of Thirds, as shown here:

Second 3D Sketch Model A, Pandora’s Box, Side View with Guides
Second 3D Sketch Model A, Pandora’s Box, Top View with Guides

I hope I managed to convey a sense of wonder with the added ‘levitation’ that goes together with the harmonious arrangement of the boxes to create a model that is ‘complementary!’


Second 3D Sketch Model B, Pandora’s Box, Front View
Second 3D Sketch Model B, Pandora’s Box, Side View
Second 3D Sketch Model B, Pandora’s Box, Top View
Second 3D Sketch Model B, Pandora’s Box, Bottom View

My first model containing the same white box had all the boxes flush against each other on one side, resulting in taking away one axis and reducing the potential for a more dynamic model. So I decided to do away with the initial idea of playing with the colours of the boxes and focused more on creating an interesting arrangement of boxes. To bring about a more common idea of complementary, I decided to bring in an order of large, medium, followed by small into the model, with the biggest box on the bottom and the smallest one on the top. Thus, the relationships between the boxes are fairly easy to see, with the white grid box being the dominant, the smaller plank of foam the subdominant, and the thinnest piece the subordinate. With the varying sixes and dimensions of the boxes, there is a sense of having a cluster of contrasting volumes that makes the model more dynamic to look at!

I also incorporated the Rule of Thirds into the model to bring in a sense of harmony:

Second 3D Sketch Model B, Pandora’s Box, Top View with Guides

Hopefully I’ll be able to get feedback from Cheryl about the models and come up with a good final model!

  • Niki

Pandora’s Box: 3D Sketch Models on ‘Complementary’

Hi yall! Last week after the 2D sketch model run-through, we had to take the boxes that we had brought to class and create a ‘Pandora’s Box’, a 3D sculpture made out of 3 boxes of varying sizes (to represent the dominant, subdominant and subordinate relationships), each with a theme assigned to it! My theme was ‘Complementary’, and after a lot of fiddling with masking tape and boxes, here are my two 3D Sketch Models.

Here is the first one:

3D Sketch Model: Complementary A, Front view
3D Sketch Model: Complementary A, Side view
3D Sketch Model: Complementary A, Top view
3D Sketch Model: Complementary A, Top left view

Complementary: combining in such a way as to enhance or emphasise the qualities of each other or another.

For this sculpture, I was going for a more organised look with the pattern of the boxes. So I thought of arranging it such that the boxes were all plain colours and patterns such that there wouldn’t be anything clashing, with the solid orange Nike box, grid patterned pen holder and the plain white lipstick box all on top of one another. I also tried to make it such that they were stacked from large to small, to go with the flow of the boxes’ sizes, of the dominant orange box, the subdominant grid box and the subordinate white box. I wanted it to be such that the idea of ‘stacking’ could emphasise on the different sizes of the boxes to bring an idea of support and harmony. Also, apart from the stacking, I selected the boxes to show roughly the ‘Rule of Thirds’ in the sculpture, with the smaller boxes being one-third of the length of the bigger boxes, and situated in the middle. With this, I hoped that the sculpture managed to convey a sense of compatibility within the three boxes!

However, I feel that the sculpture could be improved on if I perhaps wasn’t limited to a white and orange colour palette, and perhaps could work with other warm colours that could complement the orange even better, like yellow or red. Also, while I tried to stick to the ‘Rule of Thirds’, the top box still seems too small, and I feel that the small box on the top could stand to be more eye-catching to compensate for its size. Hopefully I’ll be able to address these issues next lesson!

Okay then, moving on to the next sculpture:

3D Sketch Model: Complementary B, Front view
3D Sketch Model: Complementary B, Side view
3D Sketch Model: Complementary B, Top view
3D Sketch Model: Complementary B, Top left view

For this sculpture I decided to go for a more colour-based idea! To be honest the theme of ‘Complementary’ was sorta hard because we were supposed to isolate the boxes from their colours and work with their shapes alone, and without colour I was completely stumped on how to complement shapes, so I don’t think I executed the idea very well for the second sculpture. But anyhow, I tried to do it such that the yellow and blue scheme of the Woods’ box matched the blue and yellow of the base box’s yellow and blue label, and same goes for the blue tissue packet with the box’s blue label. I also tried to arrange the blue tissue packet such that it helped to counterbalance the Woods’ box more elongated shape by sticking it onto the other side to weigh the Woods’ box down.

I think there are many ways I could be improving on this sculpture, first with the problem that I don’t think it’s very clear which box is the dominant or subdominant, as both the base and the Woods’ boxes stand out. I will probably need to get a bigger base box! Also, I feel that the overall arrangement of the boxes don’t really indicate that there is any harmony going on. It feels really random and misplaced. Hopefully I can find a better way to arrange my boxes or find better boxes for this second sculpture.

Anyway, I hope to be able to expand on the meaning of ‘Complementary’ next week, instead of just using colours and patterns, and to be able to actually use the boxes’ shapes and arrangements as more solid evidence for the theme. See yall next post!!

Edit: Also creds to Fiza for helping me hold my boxes HAHAHA hand model 10/10

  • Niki

Pandora’s Box: 2D Sketch Model of My Fabulous™ Hairdryer

Hello! This is Niki making her first Foundation 3D post about her wonderful hairdryer. Have some pics first:

Philips Hairdryer, Side view
Philips Hairdryer, Front view
Philips Hairdryer, Back view
Philips Hairdryer, Top view

No, they weren’t edited to make it less obvious I took it on my bed in hall lol?? Everything was just that white. Anyway, I took it on a whim the night before the class because it seemed to be the most interestingly-shaped thing in my room which was not a high bar considering how dull my room is :// But the more I examined it after Cheryl mentioned things during class, the more interesting I found it!! By the time my presentation was over my hairdryer was the star of the room for like a few cool seconds. Here’s my 2D sketch analysis of my hairdryer:

2D Sketch Analysis of Philips Hairdryer

Something super cool about the hairdryer is also the fact that it has a foldable body so that it can be compacted for travel and portability! It looks like this after folding it completely:

Philips Hairdryer, Folded, Side view

I don’t think the dominant or the subdominant relationship changes when it’s in this state, but I do feel that since the button that was subordinate is hidden when the body is folded in, more attention is drawn to the bolts at the side, so they replace the button as the subordinate. However, from the opposing side of the hairdryer there aren’t any bolts, so my theory isn’t very strong haha. If it were viewed from the opposing side I think the translucent blue of mouth of the hairdryer becomes the subordinate. Which I think is interesting because even though it takes up more area compared to the blue stripes, the blue stripes still catch your attention more probably because they have brighter colours.

Overall, I think the blue-white scheme of the hairdryer was a good idea! Seems a bit basic but I think this colour scheme is something that resonates a feeling of no-frills reliability and usefulness. There’s also a lot of ‘Rule of Thirds’ going on in the hair dryer which is probably why the overall design of the hairdryer is pleasing to look at.  It makes me want to dry my already dry hair. I also really like the attention to detail, like making the inside of the hairdryer blue too even though no one ever thinks of looking inside a hairdryer, and the small loop at the end of the hairdryer so that I can hang it up if I want to! I always think that all the little things really make or break the big thing.

Next up I’ll need to work on my 3D Sketch Model about the theme ‘Complementary’. I’m still stumped but I guess I gotta think out of the BOX AHAHAH get it GET IT sorry its 1am and I’m tired from a day of work. See y’all (whoever is reading this………..) next post!

– Niki