Here is a variety of chair design thanks to Design Boom and Sam.




November 13, 2006

Here are places to begin your for research for the final project:


History of Chair Design


Buckminster Fuller

October 16, 2006

If you do not know who Buckminster Fuller is, it is time to take a look. Many of his ideas are relevant to the current assignment. Fuller is know for many things, most notably the geodesic dome and tensegrity. Have a look, there are many great images here.


Tensegrity projects ideas at Make.

Wired Magazine Articles

October 12, 2006

Wired Magazine has a couple of interesting articles related to the current assignment.

Generating Power From Kites

Shape-Shifting Aircraft Studied

Origami in Space

October 12, 2006

This is an amazing object that changes size and shape for very practical reasons.

Robert Lang collaborated on a project to put an enormous folded-up lens into space to create enormous telescopes, far beyond the abilities of the Hubble. His expertise in origami was sought in the folding of the lens, required to fit such a huge surface into the narrow payload compartment of a rocket. Lang suggests that lenses as large as a kilometer may eventually be possible using this technology.


Via Vestal Design Blog

Using a kite or umbrella as a model and inspiration, create a form that disassembles for storage. While I am asking that you work with the idea of a kite/umbrella, both in terms of function and principle of collapsibility…

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Additional links: – great information!

More fantastic body extensions

September 18, 2006

We Make Money Not Art continues to be an excellent resource for ideas of “body extensions” and has a new post on electronic garments. While that is a cool idea in itself, look at the way these garments transform those wearing the clothing, and how sculptural and dynamic the form of the body becomes. Consider how the body has become the system of display for these objects, similar to how the pedestal/floor functions for sculpture and the wall for painting.