multi purpose studio work desk
Design Intent To design a piece of furniture for the new Cleveland Institute of Art building using reclaimed materials.
What is A Piece of Cleveland? A Piece of Cleveland (or APOC) is a local startup company that reclaims wood and other materials from homes and buildings that would otherwise be demolished. In addition to material reclamation, APOC has been designing and producing its own furniture designs using this material. APOC provided materials for this project.
used wood is as good as new
brainstorming sharing research
Research Initial research consisted of breaking the new building into four categories: Public (galleries, cafes), Staff (offices), Smart Classrooms (tech-enabled lecture rooms) and Clean Studios.
Once these categories were established, my peers and I were split into teams to survey and interview the individuals working within these spaces to define their specific needs.
A common issue within these four areas was a lack of both working and storage space. Many of my initial concepts tried to tackle this through multi-purpose design or designs that packed flat when not in use.
seat reused from broken stool
gallery seating releases from floor
desk/chair combo staggers
Refinement Once I knew my functional direction, I focused on creating a form that was simple, dynamic and steadfast.
how much force is placed on the desktop?
desks stagger and nest for storage
Construction Blueprints were developed from the refined design. Based on these plans, materials were purchased from APOC and construction began.
APOC wood after jointing and planing
iâ€™d like to give a thumbs-up to the guys at SawStop
clamps and clamps and clamps and clamps and clamps
one final mock-up before gluing
assembly without work surfaces
Adapt Adapt gets its name from its multifunctional nature, its ability to easily conform to the userâ€™s needs.
Primary Mode Adaptâ€™s primary form provides a shelf for accessible storage, leaving ample space for active work.
shelf and desktop surfaces can be swapped for any desired 1/8â€? thick material
Privacy Mode When the studio gets a little too distracting, the user simply has to rotate the lightweight shelf to create a privacy barrier.
showing off polar-bear sketches
Display & Storage Mode When meetings arise, Adaptâ€™s primary work surface transforms into a vertical space in which work can be hung or projected. This vertical orientation also allows for multiple desks to nestle for storage.
Featured in: Cleveland Furniture + Millwork Fair 1.0. Finalist Design Emphasis 2010 International Woodworking Fair â€˜man, this guy should marry my daughterâ€™
adapted to show stopping mode
photo courtesy Rob Muller