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CONCEPT:  Night Bird is an experimentation of repetitious transparent forms composed in an organic and poetic gradation. The intention of this piece is to heighten the use of abstract form, overlapping and dissolving visual fields through the layering effects of light and cast resin forms. The gold leaf embedded within the cast resin is controlled chaos that grounds the piece visually.

Unity is bound – inward and outward – spatially; an organic suspended frame provides an extension into the space. The heightened use of transparent objects is fantasy driven, and emotive – tangible and intangible.  

MEDIUM:  Plywood, Walnut, Urethane Cast Resin, Gold Leaf, Extruded Photopolymer Resin.

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CONCEPT:  Inspired by calla lilies - its captivating and dynamic forms undertake a simplistic but yet striking natural beauty.  When turned on, the transparent folded paper allow for the light to pierce through and create a luminescent glow.  Accented ivory pieces ground and create more visual interest to the viewer.  The cones of paper allow for the light to create pattern on the surrounding surfaces.  

MEDIUM:  Transparent and Ivory Paper; Painted Metal Base.  

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CONCEPT:  Intricate, lightness, and delicate beauty - these are a few attributes from jellyfishes that I chose to implement within the context of a chair.  

With the application of contrasting finishes and textures, I wanted to emphasis the interaction between the ¾" copper plated tubular steel framework and the visually connecting weaving seat and chair back. 

The delicate sweeping forms of the polished copper frame meet at the back of the chair, to create an X, which is welded to provide structural integrity and to create visual interest at all angles.  A ½” tubular cross member also offers support to prevent tipping, and warping within the framework.  Transparent protection gliders for the chair legs are interchangeable.  And, to contrast the smoothness of the frame, the texture stemming from the seat and chair back is woven using an untreated hemp or high-tech white string to allow for textural difference.  The seat and chair back is also slightly angled and pitched to accommodate proper ergonomics and anthropometrics of the human form. 

The overall dimensions of this side chair is 22”W x 27”D x 41”H. 

MEDIUM:  AutoCAD; Rhino; Keyshot; SU Podium.

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CONCEPT:  Unexpected, boundless, and fluid - these are a few attributes from urban landscaping that I chose to implement within the context of the Legato Outdoor Bench.  Specifically, I was inspired by the texture and pathway of concrete pavers.  Usually constructed in a linear and static approach, I wanted this bench to be playful, expressive and most importantly, inviting to the user.  The concept of this piece to facilitate harmony between the natural and built environment. 

With the application of white pigment infused polyethylene resin (reconstituted milk cartons), I wanted to emphasize the interaction between the 1/2" extruded weave and the play of light and shadow from the overall form. The sweeping form invites the user to explore and relax - there are a multitude of different posture seating (sit, lounge, lay).

MEDIUM:  Freehand Sketching; Rhino; Keyshot. 

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CONCEPT:  The initial approach to this project was to design a solution for a problem that I could relate to as a college student.  As a millennial and target demographic of Sauder’s design challenge, I wanted to research and implement a solution for sound, and in particular, a design that utilized sound absorption. 

The number of housing developments are increasing, resulting in smaller living spaces, not as many insulated walls, and a lot of bare surfaces with a low absorption rate.  For this project, I drew inspiration from the commercial furniture and outdoor tent design.  Wall panels, elongated wingback chairs, sofa cocoons, and screen partitions – I immediately noticed that texture played a large role in the design.  Some of the possible sound absorbing materials included cardboard, upholstery, felt, open and closed foams, cork, and cellular structures.  In my preliminary sketches, I explored different applications such as upholstered case goods with removable upholstery, a cardboard furniture system, and a modular wall panel unit. 

My final design is an upholstered shell like structure that is meant to enclose the user and to help with minimizing sound.  It provides a quiet zone for studying, and is an individualized design that has customizable upholstery.  The basket weaved cushions is removable for a flat packing capability, as is the interlocking metal frame.  The shell on the desk can be purchased separately, and is stabilized with clear rubber footings.  

MEDIUM:  SketchUp; Podium SU.