Lower Sixth Design Technology pupils were set the challenge to design innovative seating for the innovation space soon to be launched in Walker House. They were given a brief that invited them to think outside of the norms of what a normal chair would look like and create seating that inspired creativity, connection and collaboration.
The medium of choice was wood, though pupils were encouraged to enhance their structures with additional material. The range of resulting ideas has been truly inspiring, ranging from colourful modular boxed seating to multi-functional curves. Pupils showed true innovation in breaking the mould, with one using the rocking of the chair to power internal lighting. The model chairs are currently on display in Walker House, and I hope that several of the pupils continue to iterate their ideas to enable us to scale up their designs for use.
The project was the first of many to come that will invite pupils to help contribute to the design, feel and use of the space.