Body and Mind by Pratt Design Students & Herman Miller
by Harry / May 18, 2012

Pratt Institute industrial design students have collaborated with furniture maker Herman Miller on designs that promote physical and mental well-being. Above, Pete KL's Memoro design.

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Poise chair by Scott Jones

Titled "Body and Mind" the year-long exercise was kicked off in September 2011 when students from Mark Goetz (B.I.D. '86) and Tim Richartz's (B.I.D. '86) graduate and undergraduate furniture design studios were presented with the challenge to create designs that balance body and mind in ways that potentially increase health benefits and elevate mood and productivity while providing a greater degree of personal satisfaction from the user experience.


Aerate shelving unit by Heidy Garay

The nine most successful projects, as selected by a team of esteemed designers from Pratt and Herman Miller, will be on display at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair from May 19 to 22, 2012, at New York City's Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.


Atlas stool by Kelly Proscio

"The premise of 'Body and Mind' encourages our students to go beyond conventional thinking and consider how their original ideas can have a real benefit to individuals physically, intellectually, and emotionally," says Goetz.


Lilliput stool by Melodi Bokurt and Erin Turkoglu

"Working with Herman Miller, a leader in innovation, inspired our students to think bigger and to consider more of what is needed to improve the physical and mental well-being of individuals and their environment throughout the world".


Sati Chair by Fahmida Lam

Designs include:

· A chair design that links posture, physiology, and self-confidence
by Scott Jones (M.I.D. '13)
· A stool design that fosters proper bone alignment and a stronger
connection between the body and mind by Kelly Proscio (B.I.D. '12)
· A sculptural lighting project with motion sensors that allow the user
to alter its form by William Bausback (B.I.D. '12) and Angela Lin (B.I.D. '12)
· A rocking lounge chair that functions as a cradle for adults that
calms and refreshes their minds by Youju Rhee (B.I.D. '12)
· A rocking chair that helps to increase concentration
by Melodi Bozkurt (B.I.D. '12) and Erin Turkoglu (B.I.D. '12)
· Furniture designs for seniors that are functionally and
psychologically supportive by Andrea Brown (M.I.D '13)
· A modular shelving design that addresses the organizational needs of users to create a less stressful environment by Heidy Garay (M.I.D. '12)
· A chair design that promotes wellness by prompting the
user to sit in the cross-legged position by Fahmida Lam (M.I.D. '13)
· A modular project that encourages active engagement with
one's cherished memories by Pete KL (M.I.D. '12)


Memoro by Pete KL

During the fall semester, students developed their designs with the guidance of Gary Smith, director of design facilitation, Herman Miller, who traveled to Pratt's Brooklyn campus from Herman Miller headquarters in Holland, Michigan, to participate in mid-term and end-of-term reviews. At the conclusion of the term, the six students whose work showed the most potential for growth and development were selected to continue their projects with the assistance of Herman Miller. Three projects that were considered fully developed by Goetz, Richartz, and Smith, and completed on the undergraduate level, were selected for inclusion in Pratt's ICFF booth.

Photos: Kevin Kunstadt


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