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Our booth at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in NYC (our pieces in white/maple)

Design Brief: design a desk, chair, wardrobe, bed, and storage solution for the University of Oregon Bean Residence Hall renovation

Solution: furniture that can create a shared space and embraces living harmoniously with other people by transforming an austere dorm room into a home



  • OCE manufactured Amanda's and my pieces for the International Contemporary Furniture Fair 

  • Our wardrobe and desk were chosen to be manufactured for for the 300 rooms in Bean Residence Hall



Core 77

University of Oregon

Arts Thread

Oregon Correction Enterprises



  • Current residents – complaints & desires

  • University Housing – design expectations

  • OCE – manufacturing capabilities

Key takeaways: ease transition, self-authorship, and mattering

Small Space Typology

  • Privacy vs communal space

  • Customizing space

  • Life hacks

  • Intentional communities

  • Home as commodity

  • Intersections of space

Class Sleepover

Our class of 15 students spent a night in Bean so we could better understand what it was like to live and go about daily tasks in that space. 

Small Space Case Studies

  • Tiny homes, trailers, motorhomes

  • Compact high rise apartments

  • Trains, boats, planes, space stations 

  • Architectural utopias – "ideal living spaces"

  • Sci-fi solutions, spaceships

IKEA Life at Home Report

  • “It’s clear that we are moving from valuing objects for their own sake to appreciating the experiences they can bring – a table is not just a beautiful or practical object, it’s an enabler for social gatherings at home.”

  • “We are trying to rebuild aspects that seem to have gotten lost in urbanization: a sense of belonging, trust and protection associated with the small society.”

  • “Positive feelings increase when people live together”



Initially we focused on adjustable furniture to give users the flexibility of customizing their use of space through bed height and desk placement. Due to manufacturing challenges, we pivoted after our midterm review to focus on shared space instead.


Creating many iterations of paper models allowed us to easily test room layouts and light distribution through the small windows. The paper models below represent our final design.




For our final critique, we build a full set of furniture with MDF and pine, and presented it in a bedroom in Bean.



Final Concept

Our final concept was a shared space to create moments that would remind our users of being at home rather than in a residence hall on campus.


When our users walk through the door, they can sit on the small dresser, take off their shoes, and place their backpack down. By arranging two desks together, they have a dining room table to commune around with friends.


Suddenly they are able to reintegrate their routine from home into their dorm room.


  • minimal hardware to reduce cost, weight, and clothing snags

  • storage in the desks and benches

  • more seating for guests 

  • rounded edges for aesthetics, and  ergonomics while moving

  • low bed, easy to get into with an injury

  • room for average mini fridge under the bed

  • everything is seven inches off the ground, perfect for putting storage boxes underneath

  • small dressers can be stacked, put under the bed, or used as stools

  • furniture allows for flexible placement within the small room




  • set up as an actual room in Bean (room would end at the bottom of the second bed)

  • wardrobe, drawers, bench, desk (right), and bed (left) by Sarah Hashiguchi and Amanda Kibbel

  • bed (right) and desk (left) by Cara Murray and Sara Murillo

  • chair by Natalie Thomas and Alex Caves

  • room models on the wall created by each studio pair

First ICFF photo, paper model photos, and colored icons by Amanda Kibbel

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