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DES191: Group Study
Furniture for a Museum of Art

191A-D. Workshops in Design (4-12): Seminar—1 hour; studio or field experience—3 hours per unit (units determined by instructor and student); field trip. Prerequisite: course 14, 15; upper division standing and consent of instructor. Faculty initiated workshops featuring advanced studies and applications of original work in Design: (A) Costume; (B) Environment; © Graphics; (D) Textiles. Credit limited to 12 units in one section or a combination of sections. Letter grading by contract. Field trips included.

The groundbreaking for the new Shrem Museum of Art at UC Davis was held on March 1, 2014. Exhibited at the event were chair designs by Department of Design students Hydie Pavick, Alexis Agoustari, Becky Gmahling, Jamie Chen and Carmen Romo, who developed their chair prototypes under the guidance of Professor Brett Snyder (DES 50) and Professor Tim McNeil (DES 191).

The chairs are intended as furniture pieces for the future museum lobby. In the spirit of the museum architecture, the designs exemplify reconfigurability, contrast and a sense of making, all of them can be moved, flipped, manipulated and reconfigured.

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