Concept Exhibition Design for the The University of Iowa 3D Design program to featuring furniture and object design. The form derived from an unfolded truncated octahedron, an Archimedean Solid, harkening back to the foundation design courses offered in design and the basic building blocks that we start with and continue to inform design.
The space in addition to featuring products also has a main counter, a lecture/seating area, private meeting areas and office and storage space within a 70' by 40' block
The Airliner is a redesign of a residing restaurant in Iowa City. Located in the city's downtown area, the existing space is a three story narrow shotgun with a stunning view of The University of Iowa campus right across the street. I chose to keep the restaurant's existing name, using it as impetus for a design that is light, open and exposed, and looks back to the origins of flight and planes.
The redesign included a first floor kitchen space and small bar, a main stairway and elevator that lead up to the second and third floor dining areas as well as a mezzanine deck with a view of the iconic Iowa City Old Capitol and an elevated walkway on the third floor to inspire flight.
Also included are custom seating, tables and lighting.
The Fog Bank is a proposed outdoor structure for meditation. Spanning 50' by 50', the space creates a shelter that allows visitors a chance to enter into the structure to relax and take in their surroundings.
My intent was to create an open space but to still have some separation and shelter from the elements. The structure is activated to create the motion of an enveloping fog bank that wraps and hides, to create an intimate yet public space for meditation that is secluded, but not limiting to the viewer.
University of Iowa 3D Design Environment for SOFA Connect
2014 Sculptural Object and Functional Art + Design Expo
Ecosystem in the Design Process was a collaborative built environment by the University of Iowa 3D Design Students. The space was designed as part of the Connect program, featuring juried spaces for design schools, at the Sculptural Object and Functional Art + Design (SOFA) Expo that takes place annually on Chicago’s Navy Pier. The environment was designed to be a retreat from the Expo which also featured individual student designs from the 3D Design program.
The initial concept designed by Yi Xie and myself looked at the shape and structure of seeds in order to create encapsulated spaces that could hold student work, lighting and even become seating elements for visitors. The seeds became representative of us as young designers attending the university, growing and expanding as humans and designers.
This space took first place in the Connect program at SOFA among other top design schools such as Pratt, IIT and UC Davis.