Graduate Work at RISD
Material Research

Material research is an important aspect of design. Each material has inherent properties, and leaning into those properties can create smart, comfortable spaces. Wood, wire, and fabric are very different materials with specific properties. To create an effective covered space, the fabric needed to be in tension. To achieve this, I used steel wire in directional arches to pull the fabric to create this tension. The arches created interesting spaces beneath the fabric. The undulating form of the wood foundation was inspired by the motion of waves. These varied levels allow additional degrees of freedom within the design.

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