Design Academy was a place that showed me new ways to approach and think about the world, and taught me a range of design possibilities: composition, construction, feeling, context, history, and material. There, students are expected to explore a variety of digital and hands-on approaches to design. As a world-renowned educational program, the school offers an incredible amount of freedom to explore new ideas, while student work is always met with a high level of honest and intellectual critique from teachers who are all currently working in their field.
My design department, “Man and Living” focused on the domestic qualities of life with a strong concentration in furniture making, material use, and conceptual ideas about people’s interaction with their environment. Projects shown above, in order, are: Fiber Sofa, Woven Bench, Food Chapel, Rock and Read, Cardboard chair, Source Cabinet, figure drawing, Inside to outside weaving, and Cumulus Sofa (described below).
In the Fall/Winter of 2010 I completed an internship in Stockholm, Sweden with a freelance designer, Jonas Wagell. There I was part of the dialogue during the design process and made physical models, renderings, and product prototypes for lamps, cutlery, and sofas including the first prototype for the Cumulus sofa shown above.