Combining the Client’s tastes for both custom furniture and generic Ikea pieces, the monumental furniture in this house is made up entirely ofIkea pieces and parts. The furniture takes on qualities of Ettore Sottsass / Memphis Group furniture, in which the furniture becomes architectural, pushing against the space while life occurs in the resulting nooks and crannies. The pieces become so large and all-encompassing that one piece is the equivalent of a room. The house is encompassed by a large roof that reaches down to the ground, and skylights are pitched up to highlight each piece of furniture. Shadows of the furniture are cast from several directions, and the overlapping results are expressed in a multi-faceted veneer pattern that reflects the geometry of each piece of furniture.


Fall 2014, Professors Grant Gibson and Penelope Dean