A four day design workshop at Politechnico in Milan Italy with a team of Italian and American designers. The project goal was to redesign a writing space. On a team of six interior designers and industrial designers, I developed this concept for a collaborative writing space that is adaptive to the users' needs. Drawing inspiration from origami, the workstation unfolds from a two-dimensional surface into a semi-private writing space. As the space transforms from 0% volume to 100% volume, the function of the space also transforms.
In thinking and developing a new writing space for a classroom, we focused on the creation of a 50% permeable space. Our interpretation of its permeability is that it embodies a certain level of flexibility and customization. The space is activated and transformed by the users. The functionality is as diverse as the people who use it, including both individual and collaborative writing spaces.
Origami unfolds from a compact 0% volume pinup surface into a dimensional writing space, transforming it to its full 100% volume. With a variety of layouts and writing surfaces and elements, people have vertical and horizontal writing surfaces, as well as sitting and standing options.
By implementing Origami into a classroom space, it can be used in teaching moments or by students to work in groups. The panels, not only transform themselves, but transform the space they are in, turning it from a typical classroom into a functional writing center with a variety of uses.
The panels are covered with a variety of materials to allow different writing expressions to occur; cork and magnetic metal allow you to pinup ideals while you write and a butcher studio scroll allows you to write on the wall and to take your ideas with you. This low tech writing space has the potential to transform almost any classroom environment, from lower school to graduate school, anywhere across the globe.
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