Design with Intention
Designing with intention involves the careful consideration of cultural, historical, and environmental context in which our work will exist. Every project is first and foremost a research project. The Constellation Quilt Collection began as a dynamic study into how 16th Century astronomers like Tycho Brahe first understood star brightness or magnitude. Nonetheless, the embroidered stars on our quilts depict scientifically-accurate magnitudes via the H.A. Ray star notation system.
Our work studies astronomy, geology, and human history. We delve into the poetics of how humanity exists within a natural order, a beautiful and at times heartbreaking endeavor. Our Trinity Quilt marked the beginning of our current geological epoch, the Anthropocene, by referencing the world’s first nuclear weapon explosion - an event that the scientific community agrees is Day One. When designing a flying bird toy, we modeled the shape on the Passenger Pigeon - once the most numerous bird species on earth, it became extinct in the span of one human lifetime due to human caprice.
Haptic Lab is the creator of “gentle trojan horses” – we create beautiful, functional objects that hold a deeply emotional connection to the natural world. Designs that sneak important stories into our everyday lives.