esin arsan’s chair for two will be at icff . . .

“the chair has an affectionate look to it . . .
it looks like a chair that would embrace you.” mark goetz.

“in turkey you talk about the problems of your life with a person you already know, here in america in a support group for example, you might sit next to a person you don’t even know and you might need a sense of comfort.” esin arsan, m.id student at pratt and fulbright scholar on the feeling behind the design of her winning chair concept. her final piece draws on the support group concept, but is a two person seat, usable in any situation, especially one in which encouragement is needed.

metropolis magazine: the image vs the object

wilsonart asked pratt’s id students to participate in their icff design competition this year. graduate students in mark goetz’s furniture design class, and the undergraduate juniors with kimberly synder or seniors with tim richartz, also in furniture design classes, were asked to submit concepts. esin won a $1,000 scholarship from wilsonart for her winning concept. wilsonart is a leading manufacturer of decorative surfacing products based in temple, texas. her chair will be unveiled in may at the international contemporary furniture fair in new york. four other industrial design students from pratt will also show their chairs in the wilsonart exhibit at icff. these industrial design students are: u/g senior jonathan gillen as well as graduate industrial design students alexandra pulver, michal jozewicz and sushir kadidal . . .


esin arsan’s chair 142, winner of the wilsonart challenge 2010

the jury for the wilsonart chair competition included kristi cameron |metropolis magazine|, alison de martino |director of marketing communications, wilsonart|, grace jeffers |writer, design historian & materials specialist|, linda o’keeffe |nyc shoe extraordinaire|, and matthew burger |chair of industrial design, pratt institute|

3 comments. please leave your own below.

Matthew, thank you for the blog post! :)

fantastic, lots of creative energy. quite inspiring!

greetings susan,

thanks for your comment . . .

ciao+mattew

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posted 16 May 2010

categories design, education