Designer: Ben Light
Location: New York, NY
Design: Secret Passageway Switch
Materials: Brass, hinge, pull chain, string, electrical plug
Price Point: @ $50
"An electrical switch used to activate a secret passageway (or turn on a lamp). When placed in a bookshelf, this electrical switch uses your favorite hard-bound book, without damaging it, to conceal its true function."
• Ben's original entry with comments
THE VIDEO PITCH
I'm lucky enough to have access to three shops, two in New York, one in Pennsylvania. The shop in PA is a small shed in the Poconos where I do a lot of my bigger pieces. Another shop is at the Gowanus Studio Space (gowanusstudio.org), a fantastic place in Brooklyn that is packed with inspiring designers and artists. And the newest workspace is at the NYU Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP - itp.nyu.edu/itp/), I get to use laser cutters and CNC routers there. Like I said, I'm very lucky.
MacGyver. I know he is not technically a designer, or even real for that matter. But the MacGyver character got me making and designing at a very young age. I still carry a Swiss Army knife around with me just in case I need to build some sort of contraption or dismantle a bomb.
The Eames Lounge Chair, it's a classic for a reason. It is not only beautiful but incredibly comfortable. Just about any Eames design can be considered a favorite, but ever since I've sat in one of these babies, I've been hooked.
3 finalist entries will be posted on Monday, 10/33 more finalist entries will be posted on Tuesday, 10/4VOTING CLOSES on Friday, 10/7 at 5:00 pm ESTTwo winners will be chosen: 1 judge favorite and 1 crowd favoriteWINNERS ANNOUNCED on Friday