The final project for the Spring 2019 term – Privacy Screens for Kids – is available now. Hit the link between the paragraphs below. The assignment asks students to design a family of laser cut privacy screens for preschoolers, and to build 3 individuals at 1:4 scale.
Previously we’ve always built at full scale in the laser cutting projects. Or at least we’ve tried too, with a hit-or-miss sort of success record. I’m hopeful that the 1:4 scale will take some of the financial sting out of the projects, minimize catastrophic structural failures, and will force students to truly design in the plural form; you all must build three screens that work, not one screen that works.
The final project for the Fall 2018 semester is outlined in the Google document below. This is a variation of a project the class has done a few times before – free standing laser cut privacy screens made from chipboard. This time for kids! Also – no stacked blocks, egg crates, or voronoi based assembly systems this time around…
This is the first time we’re trying this project. Students are asked to identify a precedent 2D Interiors system – either a floors wall, or ceiling system – and to extend that system parametrically. The assignment is similar to the Seating assignement we used to do, in that students do not have to design the systems – they only have to make them dance.
When the opportunity to develop a new lounge collection arose in 2007, Knoll Director of Design Benjamin Pardo immediately went to German designers Markus Jehs and Jürgen Laub. Pardo had hoped to work with Jehs + Laub for some time, thinking they were the right designers to further the legacy of Knoll lounge seating.