Mike Kim
Industrial Design

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Mike Kim
Industrial Design

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Simple but dramatic solutions.

“You should build things that are more purposeful” ~Dieter Rams

Basketball Spinner


Childhood goal acheived 

In 2012, I worked with MFA artist Jesse Chorng to execute on his concepts around revisiting unmet childhood goals and replacing skill with machines. From that exhibit, The Basketball Spinner was a particularly difficult engineering exercise on how we would build a machine that could consistently spin a ball on our finger with the familiar simplicity of a microwave oven.
Its function briefly caught the attention of Dieter Rams during his visit to Los Angeles in 2013 to which he wryly critiqued:

“you should design things that are more useful”


Basketball Spinner, 2012 from Jesse Chorng on Vimeo

Engineering and mechanical development