Creating a fully functional pinball machine out of reclaimed materials locally sourced within 24 hours in Peckham, London.
In collaboration with Sam Weller, Paulo Goldstein and Alice Daniels

We met at the Hendzel + Hunt Studio in Peckham around 7:00pm and we are given a brief at 8:00pm, the brief given was to produce a pinball machine. Each team were given a theme to work with, it was about Movie stars and ours was based on Charlie Chaplin.

We received 4 springs, 5 metal balls, £30 and 24 hours to build the machine from scratch using only the surrounding scrap materials that we could find in the area. We watched a few clips of Chaplin on YouTube to help us find inspiration for ideas to start with. We decided to incorporate some of the iconic elements from his character onto the machine which was a bowler hat, cane and his personality which included his ‘swagger’ (walking style).

24 hour Design Challenge 2012 from ANA GARCIA on Vimeo.

All of these elements played a crucial role in the design and build. We decided to have a ‘swaying’ table because of his walking style, a cane as the ball shooter, and a flipping bowler hat for the “grand finale” which if you manage to hit the ball into the ‘bonus’ hole. As a team we worked steadily for the whole 24 hours, which wasn’t easy, but we had a great mixture of talented people from different backgrounds working really hard, being very practical on the decision-making and being supportive to each other.

It was showcased at Designersblock as part of the Hendzel & Hunt exhibition during London Design Festival in September 2012.



A retro-fittable wheelchair aid
sin-er-gise (verb) The mutually advantageous conjunction of distinct elements.

Synergise is a mechanical system which allows wheelchair users to negotiate common issues all wheelchair users face; cambered surfaces. These affect wheelchair propulsion as the wheelchair would veer towards the road by gravity. As the user has to brake on one side and propel on the other the momentum of the wheelchair is affected. As a result increased friction leads to a higher energy consumption.

All of these physical issues make the energy required to cover a certain distance twice as much compared to the energy used by able-bodied people travelling the same distance. Synergise allows wheelchair users to negotiate angled surfaces with reduced friction and increased efficiency over endurance with reduced risks of RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury) to the user and its wellbeing.

Lever mechanism

The two-way ratchet mechanism is based on a wheel that has teeth cut out of it and a pawl that follows as the wheel turns. It can only go in one direction with the pawl in place, lifting one pawl and placing the other pawl on the other side makes the shaft go in the other direction. Cables linked to a shifter on the handlebar would lift the pawls. Each lever has independent control allowing the user to go forward, backward and manoeuvre (rotate) on the spot.

The brake is a rope dynamometer attached to the shaft with the main cog which is a frictional brake. A metallic strip is in a grooved spool and when you pull the brake lever, the cable pulls the strip and touches the spool creating friction and slowing down the wheelchair in a controlled manner. This is a useful tool to reduce stress going across cambered surfaces and cornering as well as braking.

The levers are attached to the wheel hub as part of the wheel and can be taken off quickly by a quick-release button located on the outside of the wheel hub.

Concept Sketches

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3D visualisation render of levers

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The main aim of the project was to safely increase the pace and decrease the effort of wheelchair users. It makes propulsion safer and it is easier to maintain momentum over distance. It is easier and safer to negotiate cambered surfaces.

Synergise won the Age UK award at the Helen Hamlyn Design Awards and was showcased at the SHOW RCA 2011

Helen Hamyln Design Awards


TRUEBLUE By Fuelogy 2011
A collaborative project with Stephen Mathews and Paul Voncken

TrueBlue provides humanity with a fresh and longlasting means to generate Planet Earth friendly energy. By using state-of-the-art technology with the latest developments in natural sciences, Fuelogy provides the three major energy sources namely gas, liquid fuels and electricity. Our system is based upon a seamless energy flow from production to use and at every step Fuelogy has applied its expertise so that minimum energy is wasted. For example, the production of electricity in our community hub generates the heat to keep local buildings warm. To us, increasing efficiencies is more than just generating profit because our energy is produced and used locally. It empowers the surrounding community, creating jobs and bringing social stability.

Explanatory video:

Final Master Project - TrueBlue from Paul Voncken on Vimeo.

This project was all about having a good look at the current way of producing energy (from nuclear to tidal energy) and determining the best way forward for a stable "green" energy source combined with a life cycle analysis of all the energy flows. This gave us an insight into how to use even the waste energy streams in the best possible way.

Heat distribution system & Community layout

We have worked in collaboration with a real life BioFarm project which is currently being realised in the UK. Because this is a scientifically proven system, which not only sounds nice but is also economically viable, we hope to find more interest and investment to show the world how decentralised green energy can not only provide sustainable energy, but also provide a social function.

Fuelogy website


Giving dilapidated chairs a second chance

The Second Life chair is made up of old and new materials- the whole point of the project was to find an old, unused chair which was forgotten in a garage and take it apart then, by adding new materials, to give it a second life with a hint of modern design thrown into it.


NOKIA E-Cu 2009
Heat-conductive charging system
Creating a Charger-free cellphone future.

Annually, unwanted phone chargers produce 51,000 tons of waste in addition to the greenhouse gases created by the production of the electricity needed to charge them.

The Nokia E-Cu is a mobile phone charged by sources of heat therefore eradicating the need for a charger. The phone has a thermogenerator integrated inside, which converts heat energy into electric potential energy. It is surrounded by copper with engraved heatsinks in a dry earth pattern which represents the effect of heat on the natural environment. The phone can be charged by placing it on any source of heat e.g. a radiator, even inside a pocket.

Nokia E-Cu received an Commendation award in the Commuincations Technology category at the Condé Nast Traveller Innovation & Design Awards and is currently being exhibited at the Green Centre in Wat Tyler Country Park curated by DOT in Essex, UK

Condé Nast Traveller Innovation & Design Awards

Green Centre


Personal Payment Device
Making shopping quicker for the urban lifestyle.

BarScan is a personal electronic payment device that makes shopping quicker, by solving the problem of queuing to pay. It is a small handheld device which is activated by firewalled WiFi inside the store.

On entering the store the device automatically searches and logs in to the retailer's network. All you have to do is scan items with the barcode scanner, edit the shopping list by a simple touch screen interface then insert your payment card in the device and pay by chip and PIN via RFID (Radio Frequency IDentification).

Once approved, security tags on the items deactivate and an e-receipt will be emailed to your account while you leave the store without queuing.

CSM Product Design 2009 Degree Show website


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