PORTFOLIO < CHRIS GARCIA >
CHRIS GARCIA I am a proactive and self motivated student attending Kansas State University. I will graduate from the College of Architecture, Planning and Design with a degree in Interior Architecture & Product Design in the Spring of 2017. I possess excellent communication skills and am an active member in several organizations and associations. I also have experience with leadership positions in a fraternity on campus. My passion for design has allowed me to develop a wide range of knowledge in various software and unique digital fabrication applications. 2
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M AY 2017
Kansas State University Master of Interior Architecture & Product Design College of Architecture, Planning & Design CIDA & NASAD accredited Manhattan, Kansas
IA + FURNITURE DESIGN
DIS - Study Abroad Interior Architecture Studio & Furniture Design Scandinavian Architecture & Design Program Copenhagen, Denmark
ACTIVITIES + AWARDS
IAPD DEPARTMENT ASSISTANT
FALL 2016 - PRESENT
Kansas State University College of Architecture, Planning & Design, Interior Architecture & Product Design. Perform routine clerical and administrative functions such as organizing and maintaining paper and electronic files, graphic design for department fliers and posters. Manhattan, Kansas
ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN INTERN
DMA Architects, PA Condominium + residential design, I supported work restoring and renovating a building on the Kansas Historic Preservation List. Assisted in various stages of project, from design to construction documents including material selection, budgets, graphic design for advertisements for the firm and designed condominiums. Salina, Kansas
GRADUATE TEACHING ASSISTANT
Kansas State University Visual Communications in the College of Architecture, Planning & Design: assisted the professor in organizing and presenting educational lessons to students. Course teaches the art of communication through sketching & hand rendering (architecture, interiors, furniture & product) in various mediums. Manhattan, Kansas
INTERIOR DESIGN INTERN
HOK Part of the professional sports interior design team, assisted in DD & CD phases of several projects, such as Detroit Redwings Little Caesars Arena, Atlanta Falcons Mercedes-Benz Stadium and Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls United Center. Supported in design, RCPâ€™s, rendering, Photoshop, materials, budgets, casework and kiosk design. Kansas City, Missouri
PI KAPPA ALPHA
2013 - 2016
Kansas State University Alpha Omega Chapter
2011 - 2016
Kansas State University National Society of Collegiate Scholars
IIDA COLOR + COUTURE
Haute Couture Award Partnership with Knoll. Design and Production.
Accepted Abstract + Publication International Conference of Educational Research and Innovation, Conference Publication
Adobe Illustrator Adobe InDesign Adobe Photoshop Rhino 3D SketchUp V-Ray Revit AutoCAD 3ds Max Grasshopper
Collaboration Graphic Comm. Goal Orientated Leadership Sketching
Laser Cutter 3D Printer CNC Wood Router Welding Power Tools CNC Plasma Cutter
CHRIS GARCIA PORTFOLIO
Contents 06. ENTRY TABLE 08. OPEN HOUSE 12. PUZZLE CHAIR 14. DORTHE TASK CHAIR 20. MASTER THESIS 28. UTILITY TABLE 30. ASSORTED PROJECTS
SYNTACTIC FOAM ROSEWOOD VENEER
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FURNITURE DESIGN COMPLETED Spring 2015 Syntactic Foam, Rosewood Veneer, Steel MATERIAL SOFTWARE CNC, Rhino, Adobe Suites
PROBLEM Picture walking into the foyer of your home. What do you Immediately do? You set your keys down only to be forgotten. This unfortunately has happened to me one too many times. Therefore, I wanted a table for the entry space of my home to be purely dedicated to the hold the simple objects that I always need before I head out my door, like keys.
SOLUTION This table needs to be light and airier, not to overcrowd an already small space. I also wanted it to brighten my day with naturally finished wood and provide the option of accommodating plant life/flowers.
SYNTACTIC FOAM CNCâ€™ed, sanded, painted and finished GLASS BEAKER STEEL
open house 8
FURNITURE DESIGN COMPLETED Spring 2015 Plywood MATERIAL SOFTWARE CNC, Rhino, Photoshop, InDesign
PROBLEM The spring of 2015 was an extra special time. It marked Kansas State Universityâ€™s 150th Anniversary and also my department (in the College of Architecture, Planning & Design), Interior Architecture & Product Designs 50th Anniversary. As tradition, students within the department head up the responsibilities of Open House.
SOLUTION As a means to getting kids and families in the door, I developed three interactive buildable/collapsible furniture pieces. All on different levels of difficulty and once built, can be sat on.
THE CLEVER CHAIR This chair is built with four pieces of plywood. It has a comfortable rocking angle and sits no more than a foot off the ground. Popular for all ages.
THE TEDIOUS CHAIR This chair is a simple slat chair with the main structure being made up from three interlocking forms. Each slat has an engraved number which coincides to the numbers along the frame.
THE TRICKY STOOL This stool offers several different interlocking connections and four very different types of pieces, 22 altogether. It was meant for older kids who wanted a challenge.
PROCESS My development begins with a lot of sketching, then 3D modeling in Rhinoceros which easily allows for small scale laser cut models. With these models, it allowed for easy feedback from others and also gave me a sense of structural stability of the pieces. The final full scale designs were cut out of Â˝â€? plywood that was provided from the college.
1'-3 1/2" 1'-3 1/2"
1'-7 1/2" 1'-7 1/2"
2'-0 3/4" 2'-0 3/4"
COMPLETED Fall 2015 Birch Plywood MATERIAL SOFTWARE CNC, Rhino, Adobe Suites
1'-0 3/4" 1'-0 3/4"
The Puzzle Chair was developed in the Clever Chair. The goal for the final product was furniture piece that could be easily assembled and broke down for flat-pack shipping. With easy mobility in mind, I wanted to market the Puzzle Chair towards consumers whose lifestyle might involve outdoor lounge type setting (such as campsites or beaches).
1'-6 3/4" 2'-0 3/4"
PROBLEM 2'-0 3/4"
3" 2'-1 3/4"
2'-1 3/4" 1'-0"
2'-13/4" 3/4" 2'-1
2'-03/4" 3/4" 2'-0 2'-01/4" 1/4" 2'-0 1'-63/4" 3/4" 1'-6
1'-0" 1'-0" 9"9"
1'-13/4" 3/4" 1'-1
1'-0 1'-03/4" 3/4" 1'-3 1'-31/2" 1/2" 331/2" 1/2" 1'-7 1'-71/2" 1/2" 2'-0 2'-03/4" 3/4"
puzzles 3" 3"
2'-0 3/4" 3/4" 2'-0
1'-5 1'-5 1/4" 1/4"
1'-9 1'-9 1/2" 1/2"
I took this as being able to maximize profit with a simplistic design, cheap but durable material and zero extra hardware for assembly. With that being cHRISTOPHER said, the material cost had to be cheapgARCIA and also could not harm the environment if disregarded. Sits a foot off the ground, is CNC’d out of ¾” Birch Plywood and can disassemble and stack to be just 3” thick. ¬In development from the Clever Chair, it gained a wider and stationary base and also an asymmetrical back/seat. This allowed freer arm movement and more optional leg positions; extended or crisscrossed.
dortHE task chair 14
FURNITURE DESIGN COMPLETED Spring 2016 Pre-Formed Veneer Shell, Stainless Steel, Leather MATERIAL SOFTWARE Photoshop Studying aboard in Copenhagen, Denmark. My third Furniture Design Workshop.
DESCRIPTION In this course, we took a modern and practical approach to the prototyping of chair designing. Utilizing preformed veneer shells and standard chair bases, we focus on design readilyâ€” and realisticallyâ€” producible furniture. Form and design inspiration was crucial in developing in what was thought to be a successful chair in a rapidly growing standardized industry.
PROBLEM I desired a task chair that would formally fulfill my posture of how I work in studio. Standard studio desks height is approximately 36” (1 meter). My body is generally positioned towards the front of the seat and my postures’ center of gravity aligns from my mid-back, to my gluts right down to my feet. I am constantly leaning forward and over my desk, my back is straight, my knees are widely positioned and my feet are usually resting together above the ground, perched on the wheel’s base.
SOLUTION I proposed to flip the shell completely over, cut a space out of what used to be the backrest and provide an area for the feet to perch. Then I narrowed the ends of the shell, leaving the middle/front of the chair wide to account for seating posture. The flipped shell provides a slight arc which is favorable for easy movement. It is upholstered entirely out of Danish leather for aesthetic and comfortability.
MASTER THESIS ADAPTABLE FURNITURE; OPTIMAL STUDENT LIVING IN COLLEGE/ UNIVERSITY DORMITORIES
COMPLETED Fall 2016 (IN PROGRESS) Birch Ply Wood, Stainless Steel Sheet Metal MATERIAL SOFTWARE Adobe Suites, SketchUp, Vray
PROBLEM Currently the furniture systems provided in university dormitory rooms are resolving students’ basic needs but are they the most functional use of space while optimizing the student’s experience? Is this even possible? Can college dorm rooms break away from their negative implications of lack of space and better students daily activities by promoting things, like learning?
SOLUTION The intent for this project is not to rethink the dormitory room’s square footage but to provide furniture that coincides to the room and has the ability to adapt to its user. With thoughtful consideration of today’s college student’s needs and daily activities, we can begin to create a desirable space to optimize the student experience by implementing adaptable furniture that has the ability to change as often as the students do.
Students planning to live in a dormitory their freshman year within the next year
"I really enjoy living in the dorm mainly because it has been one of the best ways to meet new people, specifically a lot of other freshmen. Even though living in a tiny room isn't the most ideal living situation, the dorms are closer to campus, the rec center and Jack Trice Stadium." -Courtney McCulloh (open-option freshman, Iowa State University)
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insight A standard university dorm rooms average about 12-by-19 feet, or 228 square feet. Safe to say that students will lose half of their personal space. Shrinking it down to 114 square feet. Of that 114 square, 40 square feet will contain the furniture provided by the university and XL twin bed and frame, dresser, desk and task chair. Leaving just around 70 square feet of freedom (open space).
user: College freshmen in U.S.A. FEMALE
18-19 years old Height: 5’ 4”
18-19 years old Height: 5’ 9 1/2”
traditional dorm room
CLOSET CASEWORK SCHOOL PROVIDED STUDENT PROVIDED
CHAIR DESK DRESSER TELEVISION MICROWAVE LOFTED BED MINI REFRIGERATOR
S P AT I A L
Sleep, Lounge, Entertainment, Food Storage/Preparation, Study, Social, Privacy/Isolation, Storage, Open Space
Work Surfuce; Sitting/Standing, Soft Seating; + guests, Storage/Private Storage, Accessible Power/Electricity
schematic design phase
transforming table/bed armoire
transforming sofa/bed collabsible table
COLLAPSIBLE TABLE If needing a table top surface area for yourself and extra guests, whether that be for food or entertainment. This table can easily be pulled out from under the sofa and thrown together in seconds.
ARMOIRE Contains a rolling door that can either be retracted away or left out for a privacy shield, mirror, stool storage, pull-out height adjustable task surface, electrical outlet, and clothing storage.
CUPBOARD + CLOSET One provides space for food storage/preparation, the other, guest seating storage and miscellaneous storage. Guest seating offers two seating heights and also allow extra storage.
TRANSFORMING SOFA Horizontally opening twin XL space saving wall bed that features ~6â€™ sofa. Cushion storage located underneath the lifetable sofa seat to maximize space and easily transform from day to night.
TRANSFORMING TABLE This table system opens horizontally into a twin XL space saving personal mattress. Offers personal storage, bed side shelf as well as overhead lighting and easy to reach electrical outlets.
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FURNITURE DESIGN COMPLETED Fall 2016 (IN PROGRESS) To Be Determined MATERIAL SOFTWARE Adobe Suites, Rhino
DESCRIPTION Partner: Katherine Arndt In collaboration with OFS brands to research, design and develop a new pull-up task table. Working with mentors and consultants, this project showcases an extensive amount of market/competitor market research and analysis, client end-user research and analysis, manufacturing implications; BIFMA and other testing requirements. To ultimately design a desirable furniture piece for the contract market.
seating types DESIGN BRIEF
Function geared towards corporate, healthcare, and education markets. Aesthetic attributes to ease of movement. Accommodating to the user.
Individual task centered.
competitor market analysis L APTOP 15”
HAWORTH GRANTORINO HB
assorted work 01.
in marker, color pencil and pastel/charcoal
3D PRINTED JEWELRY
hand accessory, 3D body scanned & mapped in grasshopper
S TA N D O U T S TOO L
two week 3-point stool project, all reclaimed wood
L OC K E R S T U D Y
interning at HOK, ergonomics study for professional hockey locker
R Ã˜ DOV R E C H A I R
(work in progess) influenced by danish style & materials
I I DA CO L O R + CO U T U R E
Haute Couture Award. final product & orginal sketch, assisted in design and production
S K E TC H E S A B R OA D
visiting Ronchamp, France, Notre Dame de Haut
F U R N I T U R E S K E TC H E S
abroad visiting the Milan Furniture Show
The Rødovre chair was inspired by the house I called home, spring of 2016, located in Rødovre, Denmark. 10km from Copenhagen Central Station. The frame is made of red oak, while the seat and back are of light leather, with adjustable straps. Both its influenced Danish style and materials will allow the Rødovre chair to stand the test of time, giving it a very special patina that only becomes more stunning with time.
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