The Silhouette

The first brief delivered to the Auxiliary Design School Cadets in Janurary 2015 was from Four Pines Brewery and Saber Astronautics. This project was 4 weeks duration.

Four Pines created Vostok Stout, a beer for drinking in space. Saber Astronautics developed a mechanism that would enable the beer to come out of the bottle. Our brief was to design a bottle that was capable of meeting the strict space travel regulations (no glass, must be able to be irradiated) as well as appealing to the bespoke boutique beer terrestrial market.  

My concept was drawn from aligning highly engineered space transport with the pride in craft and pure materials of the boutique beer maker. To this end I drew on the ziegiest and aesthetics of the future space age seen in the 1960s. 

Space travel itself is highly concerned with function. So, i looked to traditional beer bottle silhouettes using highly engineered materials. The result was a bottle that was only 23 grams when empty, with the silhouette of a 220 gram traditional glass bottle. 

Because my concept quickly centred how a film-like material could be applied to a frame, I developed my concept through rapid modelling techniques.