3D Design Junction showcased minimalist furniture designs by UI students and teachers


The 3D Design Program holds a 3D Design Junction to display their work throughout the year. The exhibition consists of furniture such as lamps, tables and chairs that have been made from different types of wood and materials, or 3D printed.

The 3D Design Junction transformed the Visual Art Building’s Drewelowe Gallery into a colorful yet simple art exhibit filled with furniture handcrafted by University of Iowa staff and students, like an Ikea raised without the Swedish meatballs.

The School of Art and Art History’s 3D design program had seen its three previous exhibitions canceled due to COVID-19, so program manager Monica Correia decided to create her own exhibition. internal.

The 3D Design Junction offers a collection of works focused on building tables, stools, chairs and lamps – made from raw wood and materials like metal, felt and 3D printing.

A third-year MFA student and artist in the program, Yiran Li created a few pieces in the exhibition, all repurposed from classwork. His “LounGe Chair” and “RoBox Chair” chairs use plywood, fabric and birch moss. Li used CNC cutting, an accurate computerized way of cutting materials. She said that looking at the exhibit, it is clear that there are various technologies and methods used by other artists.

The layout and creation of the exhibit itself seemed to be just as important as the artist’s work. The artists chose a yellow and orange color scheme inspired by the logo of the 3D design programs, as well as raw wood props to contain the art.

“We definitely took color into account,” said Nathan Sears, second-year 3D design graduate student. “We wanted to have something relatively neutral in front of which to put some very colorful pieces. “

The 3D design program was planning to have exhibitions in Milan, New York and Chicago, but each one was canceled or no longer worked with schools. Correia felt that members of the program needed to be doing something at home to boost their energy.

“It’s good to see the collaboration,” Correia said. “We have a seniority chain, so I like to impart leadership skills and how to do these things. [exhibitions] organized.”

The Junction features work from faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates involved in the program. It was important for Correia to also include pieces from faculty members, as it gives students the chance to see work done by professional designers.

Correia’s pieces in the exhibition, “Cecina Stool Set” and “The Queen’s Skirted Lamp,” came together when she realized that the structure of a skirt is like a lampshade. Its red light symbolizes the concept of a mother’s skirt, with the child running and hiding under it for protection and warmth.

From there, she played with the concept of circles to create her set of three stools, the trays made with continuous felt swirls of red, pink and yellow. When creating this piece, she also kept another key detail in mind.

“I was mainly working on the seats with sustainable materials, so it’s a bamboo and felt blend that is 100 percent wool,” Correia said. “So if I can, I’ll keep my job sustainable. “

After not being able to exhibit their work for such a long time, the artists were delighted to see it come together after spending so long working together.

“It’s fun to see all the stuff that we’ve spent a lot of time on all together in the same room,” said fifth-year BFA student Ben Eastman. “Just putting it all together was kind of like a project that we got to share. “

A public reception was held for the exhibit on December 3, giving students and faculty the opportunity to celebrate their collaboration and commitment to 3D Design Junction.

“Something the viewer doesn’t know – the viewer doesn’t know how long it takes to do it,” Correia said. “There are revisions and revisions and revisions. So it’s a long process, and that’s why I like to celebrate.

The 3D Design Junction will be held in the Drewelowe Gallery of the Visual Arts Building from November 29 to December 10.