Challenge: Create an appealing, modern vermiculture container.



When Claudia LaRance contacted Acuity Design, she didn’t realize the level of detail that would go into the design of a worm composting system. Her product at the time was a simple plastic storage bin that she drilled air holes through the sides and top. Her challenge was creating a new storage container that would be more appealing to her customers so that they would be proud to have it in their kitchens, living rooms, or back porches.

After accepting this challenge, ace industrial designer Andy Romero ensured that Claudia’s expectations were exceeded. Andy, a graduate of Victoria University of Wellington, has extensive experience designing home décor and furniture making him a natural fit for the project.

The team at Acuity then began researching the current composting systems available and creating a specification for the project. They compiled many different images of similar systems and other related aesthetics to gauge Claudia’s interest and formulate a concept. This research, coupled with initial sketching proved which form best fit her tastes.

The team was then able to identify the best materials to fit the requirements of the specification, generate CAD models, and produce photo-realistic renderings of the design. After approval from Claudia, a first prototype was cut from eco-friendly birch plywood using a CNC router.