BeanEastFurniture

rethinking the residence hall

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Winter 2017, University of Oregon Product Design partnered with Oregon Corrections Enterprises (OCE), a part of the state prison work system with advanced facilities for furniture production.

We worked together to design, prototype and produce new dorm room furnishings for the renovation of Bean Residence Hall on the UO campus. 

My partner Sarah Hashiguchi and I's initial prototype was manufactured by OCE then brought to the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, spring 2017.  

mdf + pinewood models staged in Bean East

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We wanted to have moments in space that would remind you of being at home rather than a dorm complex. 

By placing two desks together you have a dining room table to commune around with friends. Or when you split the wardrobe in two (large & small), you can sit on the smaller wardrobe and take of your shoes and place your backpack down.

You suddenly are able to reiterate your routine from home into your dorm room.

main objectives:

total acceptance -a place of warmth, belonging, trust & protrection.

community - a feeling of fellowship with others.

shared space - use, occupy, or enjoy something jointly with another or others.

home - a place where one lives permanently, especially as a member of a family or household. 

set includes:

bed, desk, bench & dresser 

illustrator drawings & CAD dimensions

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balsa wood models

showcasing the 3 different room layouts the furniture provides

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