Unlinked creates flexibility in the open office by introducing individual spatial privacy.
Deploy parametric geometric concepts to create a kinetic design system solving an identified spatial problem.
Unlinked was developed in partnership with Jorge Cornet and Ayesha Ghosh under the mentorship of Chuck Hoberman in the context of a seminar titled Transformable Design Methodologies pursued in the Fall of 2015 at Columbia University GSAPP. Within our team of 3, my role focused on developing a design strategy and coordinating execution.
Unlinked was developed and completed in 8 weeks.
Who was involved with identifing the problem.
Conceptualized as a mass-produced addition for the mainstream open-plan office, Unlinked was optimized for the open-plan studios of Avery Hall at Columbia University. Two dozen interviews were conducted with peers within the studios to yield the following data:
show early conceptual diagrams. Show precedent research.
The system developed for the project features three sets of 1⁄4" plexi scissor links bridging seven ribs that form a large canopy while extended, and a ¾" wooden plane while retracted. It can be slit in and out of its anchor by a single person.
Highlight a couple problems that we solved.
on how to anchor the system on the desk with the footing solution.
Incremental sizing of ribs to make material usage efficient.
The anchor volume serves a dual purpose of securing the deployable frame to the table and holding objects such as pens and stationery.
The work desk becomes a social space while the canopy is retracted.