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Furniture

The Project This Project was focused on designing and constructing a functional piece of furniture for the future CIA (Cleveland Institute of Art) campus. The design was to take into consideration the user, the purpose, ergonomics, materials, aesthetics and fabrication. We constructed our designs out of reclaimed lumber. We worked with APOC (A Piece of Cleveland), a Cleveland based organization which deconstructs old homes throughout the city and sells and uses the lumber for custom furniture projects. The final design was constructed out of reclaimed lumber from APOC.


03 research

My classmates and I focused on four specific areas of the school to design for including Smart Classrooms, Staff Offices, IME Studios and Public Spaces. We collectively conducted research for all four of these areas and referred back to our research throughout the design process. Smart Classrooms Needs:: group seating, chalk boards, lighting, TV and AV equipment, pin-up walls, storable furniture, collaborative space. Staff Offices Needs:: organization, alternative storage, maximal work space, personalized space, meeting space, privacy, modularity, use of vertical storage. IME Studios Needs:: Controlled lighting, collaborative space, personalized studios, convenient pin-up space, dry-erase boards, storage, adjustable drawing surface, flat file storage, critique space. Public Spaces Needs:: Seen from the street, “face� of the school, relaxed, fun area. 35//Wendy Birchfield


old meets new I collected many images for inspiration during the research phase. I was interested in combining old traditions of Shaker furniture with a new aesthetic. I researched traditional and contemporary furniture and tried to find a common ground between the two.


03 brainstorming Keeping in mind what I learned through research, and constantly referring back to my inspiration images, I did several thumbnail sketches as a way of quickly generating ideas before finalizing my concepts.

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Public Spaces

Public Spaces Couch orientation

End tables

Magazine rack

Stiff fabric

Rigid material

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Public Spaces

Public Spaces

Aerial view

This is a large table for the atrium. All of the individual tables are painted different colors so that when it is pulled together it creates the illusion of a cube in perspective when looking at it from above.

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These dividers are designed for the atrium. They break up space while the interesting patterns cast unique shadows on the floor.

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Public Spaces

Staff Offices

Book shelf

Accordion storage Hanging light

Coffee table

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Staff Offices

Staff Offices

Digital picture frames Privacy

This section swings out to create an “L” shaped desk Fold down meeting space

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Staff Offices Slotted space for shelves

Staff Offices IME studios IME studios

Rearrangeable shelves

Privacy curtain

Accordion hinge allows the user to make shelves as high /short as needed

Desk folds out of wall

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The shelves fold out from the main unit

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Staff Offices Staffstudios Offices IME

SmartClassrooms IME studios

Combines desk with storage unit

Storage Conference mode Adjustable drawing surface

Pin up space

These hanging chairs can be pulled off the wall when extra seating is needed. They fold up to create the chair seen in isometric perspective.

Creates “clothes line” to hang drawings

Boards sandwich together for minimal storage

Lecture/presentation mode Fabric is another option

Large Conference mode


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SmartClassrooms

SmartClassrooms

Conference table

Folds for minimal storage

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Reversible legs

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SmartClassrooms

Underneath is pin-able surface to easily transform the classroom into a presentation room

SmartClassrooms

Traditional chair

More than one person

Individual use Privacy for test taking

Desks slides up to create a writing surface

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IME studios Lofted storage space

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IME studios

Individual lighting

Privacy curtain

Privacy option

Built-in outlet

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Desk folds out of wall


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IME studios

IME studios

Break table

Flips up for dry-erase surface

Creates “clothes line� to hang drawings

Fabric is another option

Boards sandwich together for minimal storage

The concept I pursued as a final direction was a desk concept for the Integrated Media Studio spaces. The desk is a modern interpretation of a Shaker style writing desk. What I liked about this concept was the fact that it combines storage and a working surface.

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IME studios Combines desk with storage unit

Adjustable drawing surface

Pin up space


03 refinement

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final dimensions 11”

44.5”

20” 48”

28”

27”

54”


03 models//construction

Once I found a successful size and dimension for the desk, I constructed several models in order to double check the proportions. I then constructed a full scale model out of foam core.

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Full-scale model

Because I used reclaimed lumber, it was very important to clean up the wood. After planing all of the wood, I then laminated the boards together to make panels to construct the desk.


03 function//final design

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Reform The final design has a swing out brace which supports the writing surface of the desk. There is also a hole in the inside of the desk for students to run electrical cords through. The shelves of the desk are removable so that students may store large work inside if necessary. The overall form of the desk loosely reference a sawhorse indicating a notion of hard work.

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