[a collapsible furniture set for a classroom]
Collaborators: Lian Ren, Grace Soejanto, Jeff Poss
Sustainable Student Farm | Urbana, IL
FlatPACK is a customized furniture set for a classroom space at the University of Illinois’ Student Sustainable Farm. The proposal is currently under construction as a “ready-to-assemble” or “knock-down” furniture set that adapts to the space’s needs. The table and benches are designed to be easily and intuitively assembled and disassembled without any adhesives, relying completely on a mortise-and-tenon construction method. The working prototype explores the capabilities of a simple material (plywood) combined with CNC milling technology. The optimization within the process allows for two furniture sets to be ‘cut’ from three standard 4x8’ sheets of plywood. One furniture set is designed to accommodate an “adult-scale” while the second set is proportioned to a “children’s-scale.” The proposal also features a large storage wall on the north side of the classroom, constructed of wooden 2x4’s and white pegboard, in which the Flat_PACK can be stored and displayed on. Although this proposal is small in scale, we anticipate that it will have significant visibility and become an important part of the “story” of sustainability, local synergy, collaboration, innovation and applied creativity at the Student Sustainable Farm.