The Department of Interior Architecture + Design hosted a student furniture gallery opening at the William Johnston Gallery titled “Ply on the Fly” on Thursday evening, January 15th. This was held in conjunction with a lecture from Celia Bertoia, daughter of famed furniture designer Harry Bertoia. This gallery showcased furniture designs created in the fall of 2014.
Both small-scale and full-scale prototypes from 11 graduate students; Alejandra Arenas, Giselle Canizares, MK Crouch, Austin Gauley, Danielle Konen, Alex Leadon, David Roan, Mehdi Shayan, Katie Timmerman, Andrew Tobias, and Elisha Vincent, are on display.
Students enrolled in the graduate furniture design class, taught by Dr. Marlo Ransdell, spent six weeks designing and fabricating furniture pieces constructed from one 4’x8’ sheet of 1/2” maple plywood. Criteria for the project were: create two designs in CAD software that could be CNC manufactured and flat pack shipped, have the ability to be constructed with little to no tools and hardware and minimize material waste. The gallery show will be open daily from 8:00am to 5:00pm through the entire month of February.