The objective of these two courses is to design, execute and deliver the furnishings for the RISD/Brown/Erfurt entry in the European Solar Decathlon: 2014. The competition will take place in Versailles, France during June of 2014.
The furniture course will begin in the fall with a 3-credit research elective interfacing with the students from the three partner institutions on the current design of the structure, development of the floor plan and the design of the furnishings conducive to the structure's effective deployment as a display at the competition itself and its future life as housing at the campus of the founder of VITRA following the end of the actual Solar Decathlon Competition.
The fall class, FURN 2403, will be charged with the research, development and finalization of all furnishing designs. This will include lighting, seating, sleeping, dining and storage units. The research will focus on the design and materials, but also to include adhesives, fastenings and construction methods. There will be numerous progress critiques during the semester when members of the furniture faculty, the architecture faculty involved with the Solar Decathlon and others will offer criticism. The deliverables for the final critique will be drawings, models, prototypes and computer renderings of each piece as it will ultimately sit in the actual space. There will be emphasis placed on innovation in the furnishings to match the innovation of the structure itself.
The spring course, FURN 2404, will be the execution and delivery of the objects selected by a jury for inclusion in the Solar Decathlon Competition. A booklet will be designed, written and printed that tells the "innovation story" of each piece in the collection. The delivery will need to happen before the end of the spring semester to guarantee timely delivery to Versailles. A shipping container will be loaded in Providence and shipped to France. The deadlines for this are still to be determined. There are many details still to be worked out including possible attendance at the event in France.