Pieter Molenaar - Industrial Designer (MSc) - mail@pietermolenaar.nl - CV in english/spanish/dutch - LinkedIn profile

Lobby Locker

An electronic, unattended locker system

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Lobby Locker

in collaboration with Slotsom S.L.

An electronic, unattended locker system for hotels, used as an alternative for behind the counter suitcase storage. It provides easier access for guests and creates extra revenue possibilities for hotel owners. One locker unit consists of two modules, which can store nine hand luggage items or three large suitcases. My tasks in this project were observational research at existing hotels, concept sketching of locker module possibilities, 3D CAD development for sheet metal folding and welding, placement of hardware components, logo and user interface design. For more information, check out www.lobbylocker.com













Baby Seat

Apt for kids and their parents

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Baby Seat

in collaboration with DIBA Product Solutions, ETOW, Badabulle

The starting point for this project was to not consider the seat as a toy. With this in mind a seat could be developed that is appropriate for both users: parents and their kids. It is adjustable in height, and foldable for compact transportation. My tasks in this project were idea and concept sketching of foldable seat options, 3D CAD design for rendering and rapid prototyping, 3D CAD detailing in preparation for injection moulding.









Fast Moving Consumer Goods

Air fresheners and other devices

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Fast Moving Consumer Goods

in collaboration with ETOW TOOL, Procter & Gamble, Zobele Innovation Hub, Spotless

I have collaborated with several companies that develop fast moving consumer goods like air fresheners, insecticides, soap dispensers and alike. These are low cost products, fabricated in large numbers and often sold in a supermarket environment. Revenue generation is mainly focused on selling refills for these devices. Design wise the challenge in this field is to create concepts that fit the low cost picture, meet regulatory standards and appeal to a large audience. The following example is an electric air freshener concept that reduces visual noise by unifying bottle and device in one small continuous shape, while still complying with heating and condensation requirements. Aesthetically it stands out by avoiding the bulkiness often present in this product category. The different parts are detailed in such a way that the mold design for plastic injection is kept as simple as possible, with a minimal amount of elements needed for its construction.







ZHVP Exhibition

Graduating designers on display at the museum "Het Prinsenhof"

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ZHVP Exhibition

in collaboration with Richard Hutten Studio, Kunstgebouw

The design of an exhibition for the "Zuid-Hollandse Vormgevingsprijs 2005", presenting the work of twelve graduating designers in the disciplines visual communication, interior design and product design. Located at the museum "Het Prinsenhof" in Delft, the Netherlands. Tasks included the design of the exhibition layout based on the initial idea by Richard Hutten, design and realization of customized EPS foam“cubicles“for each designer, a video projection screen, winner trophies, graphic design of explanatory posters, designer cards and merchandise, leading the build up and break down of the exhibition.









Branch Cutter

Switching to an electric, circular saw

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Branch Cutter

in collaboration with KINZO, Delft University of Technology

Switching from a conventional pruner to an electric saw increases power and allows users to cut off thicker and hard-to-reach branches. At the same time it brings along a number of unforeseen usability problems. These were dealt with during the design process by means of mock-ups, technical models and extensive usage tests with a fully functional prototype.









The Last Bit

Standing up against dinner etiquette

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The Last Bit

in collaboration with Elisava, Museum of Contemporary Art Barcelona (MACBA)

Ever felt uncomfortable after stepping into a restaurant? A bit too formal for your taste? "El śltimo poquito" is a tableware concept that addresses this uneasiness at dinner situations, and (literally) stands up against table etiquette. When someone is about to finish his/her soup, this plate will lift up surprisingly, after which the last bit can easily be eaten.

Public Wardrobe Service

Providing more coherence with the concert experience

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Public Wardrobe Service

in collaboration with Ahoy Rotterdam, Delft University of Technology

The conventional coat room ignores the social and psychological aspects of waiting behaviour. This new concept, a self service system, intends to provide more coherence between a concert experience and the act of handing in and picking up one's belongings. En route from entrance to concert area, the visitor can casually deposit his belongings, as storage availability of lockers is shown through LED lighting that changes its intensity level, according to availability. After the concert the visitor is actively involved in the recovery process, therefore positively influencing his perception of waiting time.

Sketching Lessons

Tutoring design students and young professionals

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Sketching Lessons

Sketching is about being able to convert thoughts into drawings. On a personal level it serves to explore ideas, create partial solutions and develop integral concepts before starting computer aided design. It also allows easy communication of ideas/concepts to other members of the development team and clients, especially during the early stages of a design project. I tutor design students and young professionals to improve their sketching skills, through group classes. These classes are adapted to the required sketching level. For enquiries get in touch through mail@pietermolenaar.nl









Bicycle Trailer Case

Travel case and trailer in one

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Bicycle Trailer Case

The wish to combine cycling and surfing in faraway countries inspired me to come up with this concept. Transport your bicycle in a case and turn it into a trailer when arriving at your final destination.











Prototypes

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Prototypes

For me it is essential to realize prototypes during each project, with varying levels of complexity. To do an ergonomic study, refine aesthetics, try out a mecanical principle or evaluate user understanding. Anything from a quick cardboard mock up to 3D printed or CNC milled parts.















Side Projects

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Side Projects

Part of my spare time I dedicate to woodworking projects, realizing furniture, surfboards and musical instruments.











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