Personal Space

Updated Model

Erik Reed

Final Process: Zeus' Throne

Sam Vidal

Zeus’ Throne, originally was going to be a reclinable chair with a mini fridge and a private blind. However, do to time constraints we figured out that this would probably be impossible to create in two weeks. Then my partner and I redesigned the chair to be a spherically shaped chair with a circular base but since our 3D modeling skills were not up to pair we had to redesign the chair into a more box-like shape. Thus, we turned the chair from a sphere into a rectangle. For the base my partner and I wanted to have something that would give the chair a visually appealing look, thus we decided to design the chair into the shape of the number five. This five like shaped looked visibly appealing because it gave the chair an unbalanced and unstable look to it while still being able to hold a lot of weight. Once we figured out how the chair would look our next step was making sure the pieces would fit together perfectly. We did this by making the pieces of the chair have a interlocking system where every piece would lock into place perfectly but at the same time come apart easily, making the chair easy to assemble and disassemble quickly. For the last step of putting the chair together was to incorporate the the interlocking side walls which would give the user of the chair his/her own personal space. We wanted wanted to make sure that the side wall pieces would be able to come out that way way multiple chairs could be put together to form different combinations; Such as, a love-seat, a couch, or possibly a bed even.

The machines/technology that we used to create our chair was a 3D modeling software called Rhinoceros (or rhino) and a laser cutter to cut the pieces of wood with. The only real challenge to this was that we had to scale the chairs to the thickness of the wood or else the dimensions of our pieces for the chair would be completely off, making the chair incapable of interlocking.  

When designing this chair we figured that it would be best to be placed where someone would want private space but at the same time would be able to possibly collaborate. Thus, we thought about putting these chairs in either a library or in an airport type atmosphere that way people would be able have their own personal space but at the same time however users would be able to put these chairs together to possible make a secret study circle or have one on one studying.

Final Process: Zeus' Throne

Sam Vidal

The unique design of this chair allows the user to have their own personal space while also having the feeling that they are not completely disconnected from the rest of the world. Our chair has a feature of privacy on both of the arm rests where there is a shade inside both of them that gives the user the option to be either completely visible or hidden just by pulling on a string which will either extend or retract the shade.

Our design of creating a box chair came from seeing different designs of chairs that already exist and combining multiple models into one chair. However, we had tried to create a spherical chair that had a pull down feature that acted as a bubble for complete privacy. Soon enough, we learned from our 3D printed prototype that this would not suffice as a full scaled model. We needed to create a design with more support so it would be able to hold more weight than the spherical model.

We had a few challenges in the process in making this chair. However, our most difficult challenge that we overcame was completely redesigning the spherical chair into the box chair and producing a 3D model of the chair but at a smaller scale  out of materials that we laser cut and were able to produce this second model with less than a weeks worth of time.

The chair is made out of two “S” or “5” shaped figures that acts as the base and frame of the chair. The armrests have a retractable shade within each one that providing an adjustable privacy shade for the user should they need to sleep before a flight or if they needed to get some work done in the library before going back to their homes.


Kofi Baafi

*Note pictures are from oldest to latest*                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Brainstorming                                                                                        

The first thing I did was think of what I wanted the chair to do. Originally I wanted it to be completely enclosed, for one person AND foldable. I soon found out that the completely enclosed and foldable part did NOT go together at all. So, I ended up completely changing the approach to something more realistic. Sticking to the enclosed Idea I came up with the idea of a canopy.

Starting To build

Once I came up with what I wanted to do I started working on actually building it. Since I didnt really know much about architecture and making chairs fold I cut out a bunch of "building blocks" and started to work. I eventually came up with prototype 1 (first two pictures) It was extremely simple, folded, was for one person, and of course, was a chair.

Larger Scale

Once i got my little idea physically there I decided to go a bit bigger to a 1/4 scale, and actually build the canopy part. The second version was bigger, used a similair layout, (third/fourth photo) and had a little canopy thing.

Cleaning Up

Once I had my canopy done and most of everything the prototype needed to do was done, I started cutting out new pieces that didnt have any extra holes to make it look cleaner.(picture 5-6) Unfortunately I was never able to make it on a bigger scale due to lack of equipment so sorry to anyone who might have wanted to see that.


Kofi Baafi

The "CollapsableChair" is a small 1/4 scale chair that was built for personal space. Its functions-

1.It can be easily folded.

2.Has a place to put a canopy

3.Built for one person.

4.Can easily put a cloth or whatever on tothe canopy and then take it off.

The original idea was a chair that was completely enclosed could fold into itself and was for one person. The first two functions (enclosed and foldable) do NOT work together, so I had to change the approach completely to fit the realistic goal. In the end I came up with a quarter scale chair that did what it was supposed to do!

Flipping Screen

Annie Markstein


Monica Siegel

We started with the idea of creating a piece of furnature that can flip like the Jacob's Ladder toy. We hoped that this would provide versatile seating for any environment.

Upon making a Jacob's Ladder toy, we realized that the flipping mechanism was better suited for a screen rather than a piece of furnature. From here, we focused on testing materials that would support the weight and size of a screen which must be 6 or 8 feet tall to complete its function.

The first flipping mechanism that we tried was rubber bands because we thought it would allow for more range of motion. Unfortunately, rubber bands did not work. Next we tried plastic strips which was an improvement, but not perfect even though it is what we used in our final model.

At first, we liked the idea of having a design on the screen that would be aesthetically pleasing and allow for different combinations of the screen panels. Saeed did not like our deisign and suggested that we focus on the mechanics instead of the appearance.

Our final prototype consists of three panels, spray painted black, that flip like the Jacob's Ladder. This allows for multiple configerations which can be implemented anywhere from the office to airport space. We love the way it turned out and even created a model of it in Rhino that is full scale and includes hinges instead of plastic strips.


Annie Markstein

Our idea was to create a piece of furniture that defines personal space. We decided that a multiple paneled design would proide different types of seating with some sort of shelter or privacy component. We hoped that this design would offer a more versatile seating option for any environment that could be customized as necessary.

We modeled our project off of the Jacob's Ladder toy. This toy conssits of multiple wooden panels with ribbon woven between them. The ribbon allows the panels to flip both ways without breaking the hinge. We appreciated the versatility of an object that can transform into different shapes.

After making a Jacob's Ladder toy, we realized that the flipping mechanism that we were basing our idea off of was better suited for a screen rather than a piece of furniture. From here, we focused on testing materials that would support the weight of a screen that would, in it's actual height, reach over six feet and flip back and forth.

The first flipping mechanism that we tried consisted of rubber bands that stretched across many panels. Unfortunately, rubber bands did not work because they were not strong enough and snapped easily. Next we tried plastic strips which is what we used in our final prototype.

On one of our prototypes, we explored the idea of having a design on the screen that would be aesthetically pleasing, allow light to pass through, and allow for different combinations of the screen panels. This pattern does not appear on our final version, but we invision the screen having a unique design if we were to produce this product commercially. It would also make the screen lighter and, therefore, easier to maneuver.

Our final prototype consists of three panels, spray painted black, that flip like the Jacob's Ladder. As more panels that are added, more configurations are possible. If we were to produce this item on a full scale, we would not be able to use plastic strips as seen in our final prototype. We created a 3D model of our screen at its actual size in Rhino. This screen uses metal hinges rather than plastic ones, which are much stronger.


Annie Markstein

Jacob's Ladder Wall, a tri-folding wooden screen, helps to define personal space. It consists of wooden panels hinged together with firm plastic strips screwed into the wood. It flips back and forth by springing from one side to the next. The plastic strips wrap around both sides of the wooden panels to allow more versatile movement.

The screen allows for different configurations that can be used for different settings. As more panels are added, more configurations are possible. A few examples of where this screen can be used are in office buildings, airports, spas, salons, or any public places where privacy is desirable.


Eric Libassi

        "The Expandable Backpack"  is a multifunctional backpack designed for the modern day student. "The Expandable Backpack" can not only be a student's traditional backpack but it can also pull out into a chair for those beautiful spring days when students decide to study outside. The bottom of the chair is a mat that can be rolled out from the bottom of the backpack. This provides the student a cushion from the hard ground while also keeping them dry in those cases of wet grass. Out of the top of the backpack comes an overhead pullout canopy that would not only protect students from the sun, but also provide their computer screen with shade making it easier to see. 

        The idea behind the canopy structure was to create a way for the structure to extend on multiple planes and also be able to refold back into a compact piece that would be able to fit into the top of a backpack. The structure took the whole two weeks of the studio to create but it was a sucess. The canopy uses a variation of the widley used and well known scissor strucutre along with different 3D printed connecting pieces that were built using rhino.