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Design Products (MA)

Yannick Ewertz

Yannick is a Luxembourgish product designer who wholeheartedly delves into the realm of furniture design and technology, unearthing new combinations of materiality and colours. With attention to detail and an instinctive grasp of aesthetics, Yannick crafts designs that seamlessly fuse textures and hues. He seeks to forge profound connections between people and their possessions, infusing sentimental value that fosters a desire to cherish them. Recognising the significance of product longevity, Yannick tackles the fight against environmental challenges through enduring creations.


2017-2020: BA Design, Université de Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France 

2021-2023: MA Design Products, Royal College of Art, London, UK


2022: London Design Festival, OPPO X RCA, London

Yannick Ewertz seen taking product pictures of his work in the photo studio of the Royal College of Art.

Design is not merely a tool; it is a reflection of the prevailing needs of a given era. It encapsulates the spirit of the times and provides it with a tangible form. Throughout my studies, I have been profoundly influenced by a fundamental shift towards fostering an environmentally friendly design industry. Yet, I have arrived at the realization that the solution does not solely lie in the use of biomaterials or the mere patching up of objects.

Instead, I firmly believe that we must rediscover the value inherent in the objects that surround us. As a designer, I bear the responsibility towards both nature and society, and I aspire to strike the perfect balance that allows for designs capable of bringing joy to people's faces while honouring our natural world. Making things lies at the very heart of my design practice. A hands-on approach has always been ingrained in me, perhaps nurtured by my childhood spent in close proximity to nature. From my extensive experience as a designer, I have come to recognize that the act of creation is the essence of a truly creative mindset.

Through my design projects, my aim is to contribute to shaping a future that is not only positive but also filled with joy. I strive to craft creations that simplify life for everyone, ultimately making it more enjoyable for all.

Front View of RIM Chair

This furniture collection is inspired by architecture, especially the contemporary office buildings in the Bank district of the City of London, such as the ‘Lloyd’s building’. The colour palette I chose for these pieces is taken from coloured metal reflections I observed on these buildings. Steel and glass are quintessentially the embodiment of 20th century architecture, but those buildings still fascinate us today and are at the core of the buzz you can sense in major cities such as London. Therefore, the RIM Collection is designed for a metropolitan lifestyle within contemporary architecture. The choice of coloured acrylic can help to create a certain atmosphere with light reflections, like the ones I observed on the office buildings. The idea of this is to attribute to the furniture a certain colourful interplay that is transformative to its surroundings. I believe that the light reflexions initiated by the coloured acrylic can foster the relationship between the furniture and the space it inhabits. It is my belief that the properties of furniture should overlap with those of architecture, as they become part of the architecture and create a cosmos. The coherence of all occuring elements has a great impact on the feeling of space.

The combination of the metal tubes and coloured acrylic creates a modern, minimalistic look, ideal for various settings such as offices, dining areas, or contemporary living spaces. The chair offers both functionality and visual appeal, making it an attractive choice for those seeking a unique and stylish seating option.

Bending of metal tube pieces for the chair
Drawn diameter of the metal tube pieces required to be bent
Bent and cut pieces for the chair back
polishing of a welded and bent piece for the chair back
Welded frame of the chair before polishing
CNC milling of the acrylic seat

In order to achieve an optimal finish and use the most efficient resources available at the RCA, I chose TIG welding, also known as Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW), to join the metal components.

A filler metal rod of the same or compatible material is added to the molten pool to reinforce the joint and ensure proper fusion. The filler rod is carefully guided by the welder's hand to control the amount and position of the added material. The welder proceeds to move the TIG welding torch along the joint, applying heat and melting the metal as they progress. The molten metal solidifies, creating a strong and continuous weld bead.

It's important to note that TIG welding requires skill and experience to achieve high-quality results. Proper control of heat, electrode positioning, and filler material application is crucial to create strong and aesthetically pleasing welds for a metal chair. After completing the welding process, the chair's welds may undergo additional treatments, such as grinding or polishing, to smooth out any rough edges or imperfections. This enhances the chair's appearance and ensures comfort and safety for the user.

Detail of Acrylic Seat resting on chair frame
Picture showing the transparency of the coloured acrylic seat

Customisation and Colours

The RIM Chair is designed to offer versatility and customization. It will be available in a wide variety of vibrant colours, allowing you to choose the perfect shade to complement your space. Furthermore, the acrylic elements of the chair, including the seat, back, and feet, can be easily exchanged or replaced, providing flexibility in design and the opportunity to refresh the look of your chair whenever you desire.

Render Shot of RIM Chair with acrylic elements in chartreuse
Render Shot of RIM Chair with acrylic elements in apricot orange

RIM Lounge Chair

In addition to the chair, I had intended to create a complementary lounge chair using metal tubes and leather, aligning with the aesthetic of the dining chair. Regrettably, unforeseen health issues arose, requiring immediate medical attention, which significantly impeded my progress. Consequently, I faced time constraints that prevented me from completing the lounge chair within the specified timeframe. However, I have prepared renders that provide a visual representation of the envisioned piece of furniture, offering an insight into its anticipated appearance.

RIM Lounge Chair in Powder Blue
RIM Lounge Chair in Chartreuse
RIM Lounge Chair in Soft Lavender
RIM Lounge Chair in Apricot Orange


Steel Tubes, Coloured Acrylic Sheets
Vignette of EVADING COLOURS in blue, purple and orange
EVADING COLOURS is a series of light sculptures made with coloured Perspex that are supposed to embody the colours from selected colours and to evoke the idea of melting colours.

EVADING COLOURS is a series of light sculptures exploring the extraordinary properties of Perspex that in certain aspects are close to glass. Its centrepiece is made of reeded acrylic, which adds texture and depth to the overall appearance. The reeded acrylic refers to a pattern of parallel ridges or grooves running along the surface, providing an interesting tactile and visual element.

To enhance the aesthetics further, the colour hue is UV printed onto the reeded acrylic center piece. UV printing is a process that uses ultraviolet light to cure or dry the ink instantly, resulting in vibrant and durable colours. The UV printing method ensures that the color hue is precisely applied to the reeded acrylic surface, creating a vivid and eye-catching effect.

When illuminated, EVADING COLOURS produces an enchanting glow, accentuating the texture and color of the lamp. This combination of textured acrylic, UV printing, and lighting creates a captivating visual display, making it a unique and attractive lighting fixture for any space.

Assembled EVADING COLOURS in purple
Base in 3 different colours
Visual representation of the construction of the lamp base
AssemblyTo construct the base of the lamp, simply insert four acrylic rods into the corners of the base, effectively stacking the individual layers. To ensure a secure bond between the layers, the rods are coated with resin adhesive before insertion, enhancing their adhesion properties. Additionally, the layers are firmly clamped together during assembly, ensuring a sturdy and durable final product.