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Portfolio 2014


Contents engineering/design Modular Furniture 1 Asthma Monitoring Device 9 Chairs 11 art&craft Light & Density Boxes 12 Sculpture 13 Painting 15 Graphic Design 18 Letterpress 20 Interior Design 21 Fun Projects 23

How might we design furniture to be better suited to small spaces?

modular furniture | malika khurana

modular furniture


who’s the user? who live in small spaces. Students, urbanites, people who are not tied down ...and probably don’t own a toolbox.

what are the current problems? Furniture in small apartments and dorms is static, even though the room itself must be multi-functional and dynamic, and serve as both a living and social space. Furniture is hard to assemble/dissasemble and store. “Ikea is good because it’s cheap, but if you adapt/hack it too much it breaks…

modular furniture | malika khurana

We envisioned our line of modular furniture to be designed for young people

since we’ve taken apart and rebuilt the bed 3-4 times, now it’s not very stable.” “I wish there was a way to make [furniture] “not there” most of the time and then easy to take out when friends come.”


Process exploration 2

Structure to Module

Module to Structure

What are the functional structures of common furniture?

What are modules and “puzzle� shapes that can fit together in many different ways?

What modules and transformations could combine those structures in new and versatile ways?

modular furniture | malika khurana

exploration 1

How can those modules build up to create function pieces of furniture?

combined approach


surface + storage + seating coffee table desk

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modular furniture | malika khurana

exploration 1 Structure to Module


flip | stack | fold | compress | rotate | interlock | fasten


modular furniture | malika khurana

exploration 2 Module to Structure


Combined Approach Trapezoid modular furniture | malika khurana



Developed prototype: Joint-Dowel System •  most versatility in creating different structures •  most compact and collapsible •  uses parts that users can easily purchase (dowels) •  leverages CNC fabrication

ModFn above: flat-pack drawers hang off the dowel frame below: possible joint variations right: straight and 10° joints injection molded using 3D printed parts, silicone molds, and quick-setting plastic

modular furniture | malika khurana

Why the joint-dowel system?


modular furniture | malika khurana

Behind the scenes...

above: injection molding madness! top right: the CNC router cuts out the furniture surfaces bottom right: a scale model of the flat-pack drawer, made using a laser cutter


Asthma Monitoring Device

(in progress)

Adhesive Layering

specs •  piezoelectric transducer maintains proper contact (must pick up high quality audio vibrations) •  easy to change adhesive (symmetric) •  adhesive stays on for 12+ hours •  comes off without pain •  comfortable •  sweat-proof

DISPOSABLE double sided foam adhesive

PERMANENT flexible silicone attached to circuit board container

asthma monitor | malika khurana

The asthma project brings wearable sensor technology to the medical field, allowing doctors to monitor coughing and wheezing in patients with asthma and COPD. The sensor interfaces with an Android app that shows users acoustic signals picked up by the device. I worked with a team of EE and CS grad students at Dartmouth to produce our first prototype.

circuit board insert


Above is a model of the sensor system, used during the acoustics testing process. Sound is produced by the user’s coughing or wheezing (in the testing phase, by a pure sin wave passed through a vibration speaker), passes through the body (modeled by a Silicone block) and into the piezoelectric transmitter. The frequency response is calculated using test data. below: the printed circuit board layout right: the schematics for the sensor electronics (designed by Justice Amoh)

asthma monitor | malika khurana

Electrical & Systems Design


Chairs Rock


The Rock chair has a hard, crystalline exterior but a very comfortable interior that makes its user feel safe and comforted. When not in use, the chair and footrest of the chair can come together to form a compact rock.

chairs | malika khurana

The prompt: Build a plywood chair to support the human body and give a sense of floating without using glue or fasteners.


Using foam core and whatever materials I could find the architecture studio (including drafting paper and toothpicks), I constructed 6� cubes emulating light and density found in nature.

light & density boxes | malika khurana

light & density boxes

Above is a light box that creates a dappled light effect, the interplay between sunlight and translucent leaves: called komorebi in Japanese. To the right is an open box that suggests the density of tree branches criss-crossing when you look up in a forest.


Winter 2013 At this “formative� phase in my life, I seem to have fallen into a pattern, an endless series of cycles. I begin with frustration, followed by inevitable growth, and finally settle into contentedness for some time.

During this particular winter, I felt a frustration with my self-imposed limitations. I knew my potential... but something held me back from letting that energy loose. These sculptures are an expression of that tension, and they’ve come to be reminders of my subsequent growth and realized capability.

sculpture | malika khurana

sculpture: tension


Winter 2013 I like puzzles, and I like interactive sculptures even more. Interacting with this sculpture is a discovery process. Even as I built it, I found more and more ways that the same pieces could fit and grow off each other. The structure could be simeltaneously stable and unstable, temporarily balanced but always shifting and growing.

sculpture | malika khurana

sculpture: growth & change


painting: first exposures I was at a loss of what to do with color at first, since my previous art experience consisted entirely of graphite pencil sketches and smudgy, gestural charcoal drawings. But the lemon (below) was the turning point. I quickly learned to love color, seeing the subtle pinks and blues in a seemingly “white� cloth (there is no white) and delighting in the purples, greens, and oranges I could find in something I once thought was just YELLOW. Art, in some ways, is about unlearning the world you thought you knew, and relearning it on your own terms.

painting | malika khurana

Fall 2013


painting | malika khurana

more painting


painting | malika khurana

painting: exploring abstraction


I am constantly frustrated by our (my) addiction to technology, and how the convenience of the internet and smartphones keeps us from appreciating the better things in life. These two series of advertisements were designed for a class assignment to reframe the way people think and behave.

graphic design | malika khurana

graphic design


A collection of mock album covers made in Photoshop.

graphic design | malika khurana

graphic design


Through a Book Arts workshop, I hand-set and designed a chapbook for the poem “Prayer� by Francisco X. Alarcon. The chapbook won an award for the best example of letterpress printing at Dartmouth in 2013.

letterpress printing | malika khurana

letterpress printing

On the right are more freeform, messy experiments that I did using a printing press and a palette knife.


(in progress)

This project is part of my work with a campus group called Dartmouth Roots, which takes ideas of ways to improve student life, does its homework, and creates student-driven proposals and designs ready for administration approval.

BEFORE We identified an existing 24-hour space on campus as one that is seriously underused and could be transformed by marginal design improvements. The driving idea behind the design was to make it a day/night space that primarily functions for socializing and feels like a comfortable but modern lounge.

interior design | malika khurana

24-hour space redesign


AFTER imprint

Chalkboards, student art, and Dartmouth paraphernalia make the space feel more comfortable, and allow students to make it their own.


Partitions within a single room create semi-private areas, and guide students to explore the more open spaces.


Lighting makes a HUGE difference in making a space feel less institutional and more homey.

interior design | malika khurana

24-hour space redesign (in progress)


Varied textures, warm colors, and the small details go a long way to make a room feel more lived-in and comfortable.


Activities like Twister, chess, movie nights, shuffleboard, pool, and darts make students WANT to spend more time in the space.


fun projects

below: Design entry for Dartmouth’s 2013 Green Key weekend.

fun projects | malika khurana

left: 14 x 16 frames, walnut and cherry bottom left: cereal bowl, cherry


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