Architecture of the Object

A Carrier for Your Suds

Steven Hempel
January 18, 2013

In December, students from the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture at the University of Houston unveiled an enticing exhibition of craft and luxury goods entitled “Made in Houston.”  The project, now in its third year, is the brainchild of UH architecture professor Cord Bowen and gives its participants the opportunity to create and sell works in a real-world environment. The architectural students worked in groups to design, market, manufacture and sell their work, which is showcased at PH Design Shop in Rice Village. Among the offerings produced by eight teams, the creations of Unnecessary Objects stood out. Taking cues from current design trends towards “softer” materials as well as the fast-growing artisanal beverage market, Dillon Phillips, Mike Rhodes and Michael Viviano devised the Beer Sling. Simple, yet elegant and refined, the carrying case is a great example of form converging with function. The handsome editioned case, made from Herman Oak leather, will patina over time and includes side buckles for packing any size brew, as well as well as a strap for easy traveling. Limited edition of 10, $94 each, through PH Design Shop.