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NYUAD Art Gallery | Reading Room
Thursday, April 18, 2019, 9:00 am – 10:15 am


  1. Who wants attend an additional weaving workshop at NYUAD at the General Women's Union on April 25, 2019? ⇒ please contact Maryam Albelooshi (Community Learning Coordinator).

Case Study Presentations

23Jane Atfield, RCP2, 1992 THU, 04-18-19 Susi
24Shigerun Ban, Stool, 1997 THU, 04-18-19 Sadeq
25Thomas Heatherwick, Spun, 2010 THU, 04-18-19 Will
26Daniel Libeskind, Spirit House Chair, 2007 THU, 04-18-19 Adham

Discussion topics/potential questions

  • Beside the omni present plastics, which are other todays challenges that relate to materials and overproduction that might be interesting to be used in future furniture developments? Let us say e.g. used car tires or used cloth. What else? What would be needed to integrate such into contemporary developments?
  • Which aspects come together in Shigeru Ban Paper Tube and Plywood Stool? Which developments in design does it built on? Is this chair a sustainable solution? What would happen if instead of the cardboard tubes other elements would be used? What can you think of ⇒ glass bottles, chicken bones…?
  • Which aspects come together in the Spun chair? What other materials would you like the chair to be made of?
  • What do you think about the fact that the Spirit House Chair was created for a specific building but is also sold for private households?


  1. Project Report 4/5
  2. Upload a vector drawing of your Stool ICON to NYU classes. The name of the file should be the project name.
  3. Reading: Research Methods for Product Design (chapter 6 (Testing), p. 121–137, chapter 7 (Evaluation & Selection), p. 139-155,
  4. Watch documentary on Dieter Rams
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