Sunday, March 20, 2011

NeoCon 2011

I am extremely excited to be going to NeoCon this year. Not only do you visit various manufacturer showrooms there, but you also get to see what's up and coming for the year in terms of furniture and textiles. As someone who gets excited about specifying textiles an furniture, I feel that this experience will be a vital for my growth as a designer. I also think that it will be beneficial for my senior project, as there will be a variety of opportunities to meet vendors, which will be helpful in receiving samples or updates on new products. Will I see you there?

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Sunday, March 13, 2011

Changing The Way We Learn

The way we communicate has drastically changed over the last years. Instead of calling, we text. Instead of writing a letter, we email. This change in technology has also changed the way we learn. Instead of sitting at a desk, obtaining information, and regurgitating it when necessary, we use networking, collaboration, and technology to help us gain knowledge. So why haven't desks been changed? Steelcase has answered this question by creating a new classroom chair called Node. This chair is designed not only for collaboration, but for team based learning. It also can be used by either right or left hand students, which is a plus. This desk helps students keep engaged, and is flexible for those who fidget, like myself. There is plenty of storage underneath, making moving easier and faster. It adjusts to the individual as well, so that you are comfortable, no matter what your body shape is. What do you think? Would this help you be more engaged in a classroom setting?

For a video about Node and its application in a classroom, visit:

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Snail Success

Talk abut being "shell shocked"! The Nautilus, located in Mexico City, Mexico, designed by Javier Senosiain, was inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright and Gaudi when designing this home. He calls his concept bio-architecture, in which organic forms and natural principles remind us of our history, tradition, and cultural roots, creating simplistic and artistic living for his clients. What do you think? Would you like to like in a shell?

To learn more about Javier Senosiain and his bio-architecture, visit: