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Weston Willard

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Honors Studio

StoelBurrowesIIAR 301Fall I 2011


Entrepreneurial Incubator student services kiosk

Groovystuff parroting wellspring

Ergonomic Chair [ergo]metric

Wood Joinery mortise & tenon


Entrepreneurial Incubator student services kiosk

The Entrepreneurial Incubator was a projector where we as a class and as designers were shown a space on the UNCG campus that we were to submit design proposals for. The space was to be occupied and/or managed by the Entrepreneurship department. There were four seperate spaces included that were options for the design. The space I choose was on the lower level of the Spring Garden Apartments building. There were no parameters other than little to no funding, and the design had to incorporate sustainability efforts.


The lower level floorplan


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It was mentioned to the class that an option for this space was to sell products made by the UNCG student body. I decided to take this idea and further develop it.

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Shown are a series of kiosks where students can display and advertise both physical products they design and make, and also advertise services they provide. Along with the kiosks is a center table that provides additional storage as well as a central meeting space.


My proposal:

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This entity is the epitome of sustainability. It is created for the students, by the students. The materials are entirely sustainable, consisting of corrugated metal and wood pallets which can often be found for free at hardware stores or warehouses. To bring this vehicle to life, students will serve as

the drivers of labor. Once this kiosk is built, it will be offered to the student population to help young moguls thrive and sell their business ideas. Additionally, it will serve as a place for students to buy various services or items. This will thereby support the entrepreneurs’ endeavors.

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There is a need within the world of academia. This specific need is to enable creativity and to allow students to be both a part of and a recipient of creative works. Although there are many activities students become involved in during their college years, there is rarely an outlet for them to express their own unique ideas and to witness the birth of others’ ideas as well. To satisfy this need, one must foster the path to invention and innovation. I propose a sustainable kiosk which will allow students to do just this.

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Groovystuff parroting wellspring

Groovystuff is a company based out of Dallas, TX. They specialize in furniture made from reclaimed teak wood brought from Thailand. Owner, Chris Bruning, gave the class -- as young designers -- an opportunity to raise attention and get our names out into the professional world by giving us a design challenge: We were to design a piece of furniture or accent piece made from teak wood. Groovystuff gave us a list of available materials to choose from to use in our designs. The final designs are to be held at three furniture markets nationwide, and the designs with the most popularity get put into production and the designer gets a lifetime royalty for the design.

Included in the list were iron rims that were used at one time to wrap wooden wheels. I found these interesting and decided to incorporate them in my design. I took the iron rims along with teak slats and came up with a series of benches and chairs.


Chipboard pysical models for the first design iterations.


These are digital models further developing iterations of the design.

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Upon exploring several bench and chair options, my final design was a table. The class submitted boards that included our designs, and a designer bio.


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Parroting Wellspring

Weston Willard is a third year Interior Architecture student study ing at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. Combining a passion for design, involvement within the world of sustainability initiatives, and a minor in Entrepreneurship constructs a dream of administrating great designs where sustainable efforts are applied.

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Wood Joinery mortise & tenon

Interior Architecture 301-02 was to result in a final full-scale product. An important aspect in producing an item as such is the joining conditions. To help understand joinery, the class was to choose three mortise & tenon joints we were to draw and build.


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The latter two choices resulted in a similar, but different type of joinery than what I had anticipated.


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Ergonomic Chair [ergo]metric

Each person in the Interior Architecture 301-02 studio designed and constructed a full scale product for their final project. I struggled with coming up with what I wanted to design in the first place. I was torn between a lounge chair, bookshelf, and shoe cubbie. Since I was having a difficult time choosing, I attemted to marry all three into one cohesive design.

One of my first sketches of a shoe cubbie/ bench combination.


Introducing the chair & entertaining the idea of a reading/lounge nook

More options for a shoe cubbie.


lounge The chair design began turning into a lounge. I took Le Corbusier’s Chaise Lounge to generate the profile of the sitting surface area.

http://bedzine.com/blog/wpcontent/uploads/2007/10/l_28647.jpg


The generated, chair designIbegan With the profile beganturning into a lounge. I took Le Corbusier’s Chaise designing the frame by use of Christopher Lounge to generate the profile of the Alexander’s 15 properties: sitting surface area. -Levels of scale -Strong centers -Boundaries -Alternating repetition -Positive space -Good shape -Local symmetries -Deep interlock & ambiguity -Contrast -Gradients -Roughness -Echoes -The void -Simplicity & inner calm -Not-seperateness


ergonomics I wanted to achieve an ergonomically correct lounge. In doing so, I felt it was crucial to have a basic understanding of the science of ergonomics. I began looking through books on human scale and ergonomics and I jotted down data I thought might be important or helpful.


Precedent chair

http://www.woodworkingtalk.com/f9/design-studentbent-plywood-lounge-chair-project-28027/


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I brought this image into Rhino and used it to help develop the size and depth of the seat


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Honors Studio 301  

Weston Willard

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