Chinatown Library Furniture

Boston
Architects
iVY Design Associates
Location
Boston
Year
2012

The project was to design and fabricate 30 pieces of furniture for the Chinatown Lantern Reading Room in Boston. This little library was a two-year pilot program designed to test the idea of building a permanent cultural and educational center that would house a public library in Boston’s Chinatown. To accommodate the changing needs of the library in the future, the furniture was designed to be movable, rearrangeable, reconfigurable and readily mass-producible. Depending on the arrangement, the furniture can be used as chairs, tables, desks and/or bookcases. One set of furniture comprises 15 pieces in five different shapes, all cut out of one standard-size 4’ x 8’ plywood sheet. Each shape comes in three sizes so that they can nest inside of each other. This single cut-pattern template allows for easy reproduction when the library expands in the future. One piece of furniture is made of 15 layers of plywood; therefore, 15 sheets of plywood will produce a total of 15 pieces of furniture.

More about project: https://www.ivydesign.associates/#/furn-chinatown-library-furniture/

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