Recycle-Ability of the Task Chair
Bridging the Gaps in Infrastructure and Communication to Avoid the Landfill

I came to the CCA Graduate Program in Design with a background of five years of professional experience in contract (commercial office) furnishings, and ten years of experience reconstructing clothing. I have always had a keen interest in discovering beauty and possibilities in the things people throw away.

For my thesis, I sought to apply the concept of creative reuse to contract furnishings, an industry in which I know first-hand that huge changes must be made to reduce the immense volume of waste being created.

I approached this multifaceted problem from various angles, and while some of the resulting designs are whimsical, they all aim to contribute creative solutions for solving this quite serious problem.

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Click here to download my complete thesis book as a PDF
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Below is a short video showing a time-lapse of my Disassembly of a Task Chair. I chose a ubiquitous upholstered model that despite being 20 years old, is remarkably similar to chairs sold today.

This led me to consider the importance of designing with the ability to disassemble or un-make all the things we make.

View my task chair project on Instructables

And on Ikeahacker

Visit the Grad Program in Design thesis events website here

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 title with symbol     
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 Loop of Communication and    Info/Material Flow and Players 
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 screen shot mockup   re/work mission 
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 screen shot mockup    re/work search for task chair 
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 Best Practices Guide    for Facility Managers  
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 Installation   Dissecting a Task Chair 
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 Video Stills   Disassembly of a task chair 
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 Wall Text   Dissecting a Task Chair  
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 Detail - chair sign   Dissecting a Task Chair 
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 Captain Von Trapp    reconstructed chair 
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 Chair reconstructions   $20 Ikea Rickard task chair 
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 Reconstructed chairs   featured on Ikeahacker blog 
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 Venn diagram    Problem & Opportunity Spaces