Parsons School of Design
BFA Communication Design
Thesis 2018

Imagining, Arranging and Living with Chairs
Constanza Pinto

Space is so integral to the human existence that one rarely stops to question it. In fact the integrality is so great that even the most minute change in one’s life has a direct correlation to how we inhabit our spaces. It’s the means we have to recognise the world, build stories, and communicate with one another.

My book is a story of space, and the chair is its main character. Beginning from the spaces we conceive in our imagination, their physical arrangement, and finally how they are used for communication. I followed this exact process: starting with 100 drawings of two chairs created by 100 people, the drawings were then used as a set of instructions for arranging space for two individuals to occupy. The book is divided into the three phases of the experiment: Imagining, arranging and living.

The simplicity of the chair is arguably its greatest value, as well as its recognisable nature and the diversity of forms it can be molded into, while still maintaining its fundamental definition. Its most unique value is its potential as a medium for interaction between people, when added into space. The simple act of changing the arrangement of the chairs not only changes the definition of the space itself, but the nature of interaction between those within it.

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Daniela Al-Saleh

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Whitney Badge

Jaire Berkel

Ingrid Bonetti

Victoria Boyd

Madison Bozinoff

Malulani Bria

Kaylin Brown

Rachel Brownjohn

Olive Burd

Germán Castellanos Reyes

Madeline Cericola

Vicky Chau

Amber Chen

Victor Chen

Wendy Ching

Connie Chu

Channon Chung

Leonardo Cilmi

Emma T. Conway

Nicole Corso

Qamile Dani

Magdalena de la Torre Suárez

Amanda Ericson

Dan Feldman

Anna Feng

Natalia Flores

Peter Frasco

Lucia Garza

Mariana Gaviria

Mikey Hefez

Adrianna Hinsey

Avinash Hirdaramani

Marielle Holland

Grace Hong

Surkho Shane Hong

Pauline Hotelier

Dylan Hughes

Jiyoung Hwang

Sonali Jain

Andrea S. Jassir

Christina Jenkins

Maria Jessica

Erin Johnston

Javarius Jones

Yea Ji Jung

Rachel Kahn

Anastasia Kharchenko

Jonathan Haojaq Kho

Alexa Kim

Cindy Dawon Kim

Sang Dennis Kim

Somin Kim

Yoonji Kim

Kyungmin Ko

Sidney Law

Kevin Lee

Jane Lee

Matheus Dal Santo Lewis Sage Smith

Kristiana Marcon

Hannah Marshall

Kruti Mehta

Gabriel Mester

Charlotte Miller

Mintra Morrison

Tamir Moses

Kaisha Murzamadiyeva

Thomas Nghia Nguyen

Lanie Nowak

Satoe Onizuka

Steven Orts

Owen Pace

Tatyana Palacios

Herin Park

Olga Pavlova

Luli Peralta-Esquivel

Lindsay Petricca

Constanza Pinto

Shreya Razak

Costanza Reiser

Vincent Riportella

Bateel Saber

Ahana Seth

Cristina Soberon

Rebecca Speiser

Natalia Spotts

Sabrina Steck

JD Stephenson Jr.

Richard Supriano

Eden Tartour

Jissaura Taveras Hernandez

Nathalia Tello Arias

Liz Tsai

Altyn Turdukulova

Amena Tyebji

Gabriela Vieira

Juan Diego Villegas

Yige Wang

Evelyn Wu

Jessie Yao

Crystal Yin

Rebecca Jiayi Zhou