Advanced Product Design

Designing Ideas, New Objects and Meaningful Applications

This site presents a collection of projects that have been developed throughout the years for a wide variety of clients. This can be viewed as a portfolio of projects which varies from products in the market, to design concepts. Important to highlight is that the selection of projects on this site is made to present both design capabilities and skills. We have a broad experience developing products for different fields and through this portfolio of projects you can understand our design methodology, the different technologies we use, and the disruptive approach we tend to use for each project to make it unique.

The combination of product development knowledge, mixed with the different skills obtained by the manipulation of state-of-the-art tools plus the wide expertise on materials for design produces unique results. Such blend, make our projects different from what is commonly presented in the market.

Explore the different projects which are organized from the ones in the market to the concepts developed through the years. Feel free to contact us if you want more information or documentation of any of the projects of your interest.

Projects

Eolo

Research made for Rotaliana SpA. while working at Donegani & Lauda Studio in Milan. It showed us a market gap and an opportunity to design a hybrid lamp that enhances indoor ambient. By producing an amazing diffused RGB light combined with aroma tablets powered by a fan, the lamp was able to fill one room with a multisensory experience like no other. Inspired by the Greek god of wind, Eolo became the standard choice for indoor experience and a desirable product. The facial expression was sculpted carefully to build a relationship between the user and the lamp.

Designers: Camilo Ayala-Garcia, Dante Donegani, Giovanni Lauda.

Company: Rotaliana Srl. – Italy.

Chaleco Multi-propósito de Protección

Designers: Camilo Ayala-Garcia, Juan Nicolas Paez, Olga Amparo Quijano.
Engineers: Alejandro Marañón, Camilo Hernandez.

Company: Indumil – Colombia.

Utility Patents # 11050690 # 11050701 # 12235979

A type of ballistic vest, designed so that its ballistic plate, has been divided into two sections adapting to the different positions of the user during combat or in high-risk situations, following the movements of the body. This happens without leaving unprotected the chest area, thus safeguarding the lungs and the heart, protection that is achieved even in the medial and lateral rotations. The two sections in which the ballistic plate has been divided, adapt to the different positions, by a set of elements that act as tensioning and adjustment structures.

Bajagua

This project aims to develop products that can evolve the traditional handcrafted technique of cañlaflecha (One of the ancient treasures of Colombian natives) weaving into something more contemporary. Through the products, the Zenú economy thrived and became a sustainable source of income. The collection of accessories became a trend spreading around the world the language of Colombian crafts with high standards of quality and innovation. The co-creative path allowed to design different textile strips adding a layer of material innovation to the products, preventing counterfeiting.

Designers: Camilo Ayala-Garcia, Luis Angarita Reyes, Juliana Cabrera Zuñiga, Freddy Eliseo Oyuela.

Company: Salvarte – Colombia.

Casco de Protección Balística

Designers: Camilo Ayala-Garcia, Juan Nicolas Paez.
Engineers: Luis Mario Mateus, Alexandra Rue, Oscar Velandia.

Company: Indumil – Colombia.

Utility Patent # 13043301

The ballistic protection helmet consists of a structural component configured as a “lining”, highly adaptable, low cost, and simple. The positioning in the head is carried out without the use of drilling elements on a polyolefin ballistic cap. It is adaptable to different sizes and morphologies of the skull, allowing a decrease in trauma resulting from the impact of ammunition. The helmet works well in difficult climatic situations of temperature, humidity, and external agents such as insects. All the components of the system are easily replaceable independently so that the helmet as a whole has a longer life cycle than the existing typologies.

KaBag

Looking to develop new typologies of products we came with the idea to create a product that instead of being an accessory can become a system or interchangeable skins for everyday use. By studying the ancient Egyptian belief that the body and soul are bonded together, but that the soul is the one that carries life, we develop a bag that can have a soul, in which the user can carry its everyday objects and belongings. This soul is accompanied by a variety of bodies that can be quickly interchanged depending on the mood or style the person is having during the day or for a specific occasion.
The idea was presented during “Salone 2009 .. and afterward taken by O bag (Fullspot) brand Company who is now producing it.

Designers: Camilo Ayala-Garcia, Kalyani Mehendale.

Company: KA-Bag. Project takeover by O-Bag-Full Spot SpA. – Italy.

Botas Anti-Mina

Designers: Camilo Ayala-Garcia, Juan Nicolas Paez.
Engineers: Juan Pablo Casas, Laura Perez, Juan Camilo Calle.

Company: Indumil – Colombia.

Utility Patent # 12235686

Special footwear called PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) was developed for the specialized anti-mine military sector. Is designed to be used in any terrain and activity of high risk, in combat, or in recognition tasks. It provides high resistance to the energy product of explosions, thanks to the fact that it has been developed under two inseparable values: configurational design and material structural design.
These mine boots are composed of a safety package, which has been designed to resist the force of an explosion of up to 70 g of TNT. It adjusts to the Colombian military population (thanks to the generation of a carving system based on anthropometric measurements and the curvature of the sole of the foot, taking into account criteria of comfort, human factors, and design of the lasts for each size), and the Protective bag designed as a “glove” to protect, from the area of the astragalus of the foot to the height of the middle area of the long peróneos, at the time of the explosion; this “glove” is accompanied in turn by some components, which facilitate the fast posture of the footwear and allow it to improve mobility regardless of the conditions of the terrain.
Finally, the boots that are the subject of this patent have been conceived to be easily involved in a production process, due to their simple structural conformation and the orderly arrangement of their elements.

Vehículo Todoterreno de Reconocimiento

The concept of the vehicle is developed with a proposal of hybrid propulsion, driven by an internal combustion engine and four electric motors located in the chassis in front of each of the wheels.
For the body of the vehicle, we opted for a body on frame configuration, where chassis and body are completely differentiated, offering a great facility to generate different versions on the same platform, great robustness, and repairability, as well as a greater load capacity. This configuration is proposed in a very flat innovative version, which makes the geometric compatibility of the components more complex, but in exchange for it simplifies the manufacture of the chassis.
A vehicle capable of carrying a load pays about 2 tons. It must be able to operate under the conditions imposed by the Colombian orography, combining a good performance in primary and secondary roads.
The chassis is designed allowing to give a robust look. Angled surfaces generate multiple compositions that allows maintaining appearance while giving structure during potential impacts.
The interior is distributed so that the occupants are always in reaction capacity. Space is given for access to the different mechanical and electrical components of the vehicle.

Designers: Camilo Ayala-Garcia, Federico Beltran.
Engineers: Luis Ernesto Muñoz, Juan Camilo Blanco.

Company: Indumil – Colombia.

PersoCo

Designers: Camilo Ayala-Garcia, Santiago Luna Rivera

Company: AGP – Colombia.

PERSO-CO is a respirator developed for all professionals who have a fundamental role in sustaining the system in times of COVID. This respirator seeks to replace personal protection elements (EPPs)which are difficult to obtain, uncomfortable to use for long hours, and highly polluting. The design challenge was to successfully combine three components: comfort, appearance, and usability.
The opportunity we found was the need to provide medical personnel with the mobility and operating capacity they require, in addition to their protection. These professionals have a way of working and skills acquired in their exercise that cannot be limited by a protective barrier.
Additionally, we note that the layout of disposable devices is totally inadequate in the different prototypes under development. Today we face a problematic situation with the management of polymers in the food sector, and now, with the pandemic, the health sector begins to match the waste figures.

Concepts

Ag +

The AG+ is a product concept in which silver nanoparticles can be added to creams and mixed to ad antibacterial properties to your daily beauty care products. the different elements, allow the user to have both formats of silver nanoparticles. Capsules and a mixer that injects them directly into the desired cream.

Designers: Camilo Ayala-Garcia, Mara Ribone, Daniel Kröker, Kalyani Mehendale.

Domus Academy, Master in Product Design in Collaboration with Sunstar.

Plate Plant

A project to integrate spices into the food as an aesthetic complement to the dish, adding freshness and aroma to de dining experience. By integrating the desired spice for the meal, the act of eating becomes a ritual enriched with gifts of nature for the five senses.

Designers: Camilo Ayala-Garcia, Satoru Miyazaki, Ieva Kaleja

Domus Academy, Master in Product Design.

Fanola

The concept was developed around the idea of having a fan that is harmless to people, that can not only provide freshness but that it can become a sculptural piece that blends with the furniture and enhance a living room experience.

Designers: Camilo Ayala-Garcia, Luis Angarita Reyes.

Company: CD&I Associates, Colombia.

Latour Nespresso

Developed for the Nespresso Contest 2008, this project turns the cup dispenser into the main focus of the Nespresso experience. Refined and elegant, the dispenser invites the people to enjoy a coffee surrounded by luxury and good taste.

Designers: Camilo Ayala-Garcia, Antonio Iodice.

Domus Academy, Master in Product Design in Collaboration with Nespresso.

Foresight

Entirely developed for bicycle sports, this device was proposed as a navigation tool that will gather information about places visited, record tracks, and provide a signal for location and rescue if necessary.

Designers: Camilo Ayala-Garcia, Shaddi Lahham, Hui Ping Chang, Ankit Shekhawat.

Domus Academy, Master in Product Design, Master in Interaction Design.

Paintsplash

The Concept of Paintsplash gear was developed from the inside. The goal was to create a distinctive camouflage pattern that will hide players in the field but also differentiates it from combat gear. A source of hydration was incorporated in the gear, helping the user to reach the water without removing the helmet. This will increase safety during the practice of paintball.

Designers: Camilo Ayala-Garcia, Sergio Silva Bermudez.

Design Department, Universidad de los Andes.

Kala

A deconstruction of the components of a traditional scroll saw. One of the major issues traditional saws present is access to controls and safety features due to the internal distribution of components. By achieving a new internal distribution a new concept was born, where the upper arm of the saw is replaced by newer and efficient technology.

Designer: Camilo Ayala-Garcia.

Design Department, Universidad de los Andes.

Renault 4ever

A concept to re-design the iconic Renault 4 as part of the Renault forever contest launched by Designboom. The concept explores how to maintain proportions while giving a contemporary look to the vehicle. The interior maintains the original dashboard setting with the iconic gearshift as well.

Designers: Camilo Ayala-Garcia, Federico Beltran, John Jairo Gamboa.

Design Department, Universidad de los Andes.