Late in the Fall last year, we added some seating to the 2nd Floor Collaboration Space to support the surge of patron activity we always count on around test time. This turned out to be very popular, and our 2nd floor is usually packed to capacity.
This semester, the space got an aesthetic upgrade: out with the plain conference seating, and in with the new Matt Taylor "Node" desks. The new furniture was designed by our recent Artist-in-Residence, Matt Taylor
, and was fabricated by woodworker Kai Broderix of the Federation Joinery
in New South Wales, Australia. Matt is a specialist in facilitating large group collaboration, which is what he had in mind for the new furniture. Kai's mobile walls and other pieces lend environmental flexibility to support a wide range of applications.
The reconfigured space is as popular as ever for small groups. The new desks each support up to 4 patrons, and the yellow stools make great side tables when not serving their nominal purpose. Whiteboards serve as shared documentation space as well as convenient privacy partitions.
Check out a time lapse below of the study space in the weeks leading up to Spring finals. Special thanks to Andrew and Luke for the video, Seungkyun for signage, and Gary for final desk assembly in the EdLab workshop. And of course, thanks to Matt and Kai for a great visual and ergonomic addition to our public space!