Walking into the Lambright Recreation Center, students, alumni and guests were met with an array of furniture designed by the Interior Design 451 class.
Six students completed individual assignments to create functional pieces of furniture inspired by the tenets of Tech.
Senior interior design major Anna Klappenbach said their professor, Miguel Lasala, is new and trying to get more involved in the school.
“I think he did a really good job picking this project because I don’t think the tenets get enough attention,” she said. “They’re mentioned when you go to freshman convocation and they talk about how important they are to the school, but then they kind of disappear. So it’s really nice we’re getting involved with the school in that way.”
Senior interior design major Rachel Cargle said, “We had to find a piece of ugly furniture that wasn’t designed well, and we had to take it apart and redesign it in a way that it was not originally meant to be used.”
Cargle said she drew the tenet “confidence” and started out with three old wooden chairs that were shaky and rickety, which was symbolic of them not having confidence at all.
“I wanted to take them and completely change them and use them in the way that they did show confidence,” she said.
The chair legs come into play as spacers and in the base of the new chair, Cargle said.
“I showed confidence in the way that when you look at my chair you think, how is that going to hold me up,” she said. It’s kind of scary, but when you actually sit in it, it’s really comfortable and you realize you’re not going to fall out of it and it really has a lot of confidence.”
Cargle said the design changed a lot over the quarter when she realized she could not use the chair legs the way she wanted to so she was forced to rethink, and redesign
Bobby Dowling, director of recreational activity, said he enjoyed having students’ projects displayed in Lambright.
“Fifteen hundred to 2,000 people a day come through these doors so it’s great exposure for these students,” he said. “I encouraged these students to display their projects here.”
The projects have gotten a lot of feedback from people who would not normally have been able to see them, Dowling said.
“A lot of alumni have asked questions, and the members of the senior citizens classes have been talking and asking questions about the projects,” he said.
Klappenbach said she hopes this helps change the image of the interior design program because she thinks it is misunderstood.
“I don’t know what people think we’re doing up in Hale Hall,” she said. “But we’re not just picking out pillows and selecting colors; we’re actually out at the shop building things.”
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