Chair Affair + Idaho...

 Written by Olga Amigud, M Arch 2014 Candidate  Photos courtesy of Olga Amigud, Kimo Griggs, Anna Pajulo, Olof Jondelius, and Jason Tran For several years now, some of the lucky architecture students (those that have taken Furniture Studio taught at the BE labs) have been traveling with...

More than Just Old: ...

Written by Associate Professor Kimo Griggs It is a truism that my generation grew up in the car. Flying was exotic and expensive. Driving seemed almost free, and it is how we made all but the longest of trips. Sitting in the back seat, often wondering out loud when the trip would be over. We...

DIGItal FABulous

Written by Associate Professor Kimo Griggs Five years ago we installed three new laser cutters, a large format CNC router and plasma cutter, a 3D Printer and a variety of other small tools and new computer software around the College to support increased teaching and research in the area of...

Hands On

Personal note: in 1976 I fell in love…with a handrail, and thus discovered that buildings can be seductive in ways I hadn’t been taught. Gliding down a wide spiral stair of a London Tube station with my shoulder pressed against the smooth white tile, I began an affair that changed...

Making and Remaking

I like to make things. I don’t know why, exactly – my parents were not “handy” in the sense that they went looking for the type of projects that I have long been drawn to. They never taught me how to use tools. I guess I had a granduncle that was an amateur architect (I...

“New” Te...

I am fortunate to be in a position in which people send me a lot of interesting things to look at, to read, to comment on and to absorb into my teaching and research. Much of what I see has to do with digital design and fabrication technologies – hardly a day goes by without an article...

Road Trip!

Students from our graduate and undergraduate furniture studios have been sending their work to the Chair Affair in Boise, Idaho for many years. Sponsored by the Interior Decorators of Idaho, the event offers prizes for work entered by both professionals and students. I volunteered to deliver...

Silted Up

I have been thinking about space and volume, how we our design processes idealize them, and how seldom that ideal is actually experienced. When we do happen upon a great space – interior or exterior, designed or natural – we slow down, remark upon it, note how it works and go...