Reader Submitted: An ID Student-Designed Environment that Merges Old and New Materials

“Nature or Nurture: a 3D Printed Space” was an exhibition which won the 2017 SOFA CONNECT student competition at Navy Pier in Chicago. The goal of the piece was to construct an inviting space combining found materials with new and innovative technologies in order to spark discussion about how new and old can come together in the modern world to create something beautiful and functional. A team of undergraduate and graduate industrial design students from Purdue University worked together over the course of three months to design, build, test, and execute this project.

Mockup of Concept

Applying Sho Sugi Ban

Testing X-Joints

Testing Bench Joints

Final Bench Design

Testing the Concept

View the full project here