This past Wednesday night, Sandra and I had the honor of critiquing student design projects here in Chicago. Our five person panel was invited by our friend Paul, who teaches a architecture and furniture class at IIT’s College of Architecture.
During the semester, 14 students refined their prototypes with Paul’s guidance and presented them with their thought process and budget. Held in the timeless and inspirational Crown Hall (designed by Mies van der Rohe and shown here), we reviewed photo frames, tables, chairs and stacking bookcases.
To say we were impressed with their creative designs, and ingenious use of select woods, would be an understatement. And it isn’t often we get to see hand-crafted solid wood modern furniture using age old manufacturing techniques—ie. mortise and tenon joinery, 50-degree mitered slip joints, etc.
The initial assignment was to visit CB2 and design a frame and a piece of furniture based on our aesthetic. There were a handful that we’re so crazy about, we’re checking to see if they can be manufactured for CB2. If they make the cut, watch for their story and remember this is when it all began.
In the meantime, the event brought back memories of all-nighters at design school for Sandra and high school shop class for me. What about you? Ever put pencil to paper to sketch out your furniture ideas?