MFA Candidate Amanda Henderson and Deana McDonagh, professor of industrial design and Beckman designer-in-residence, are researching the way space throughout the Beckman Institute is used and will propose design solutions for the institute as a whole.
Henderson re-imagined the central area of the Beckman atrium with several tables with interactive items—some tables were more private than others with the use of PVC pipe framing and tarp walls. She rearranged pre-existing sectional chairs into different orientations and differently sized groups. Several unique chairs, including one that looked like an apple core and one with a built-in electrical outlet and USB plug-ins on the arm, were part of the social experiment. For two weeks, she observed and filmed how people interacted with the space. She’ll create a “flexible workstation for interaction and collaboration” that will appear in the School of Art and Design’s MFA Exhibition at Krannert Art Museum’s Link Gallery, April 21-28. The data from her observations and survey responses also will be used for her master’s thesis, which she plans to complete this summer.
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