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Amanda Buckley

MA work

‘Home Grown’ is a classroom furniture system for primary and secondary schools in developing countries and areas of high unemployment. This project is about a shift in the way we think about classrooms, materials, production and community; it’s about producing the things we need right here right now. ‘Home Grown’ combines local materials and products with basic production processes and community makers. While ‘Home Grown’ is about classroom furniture it is equally about creating sustainable social and economic solutions. ‘Home Grown’ explores community-based production as a decentralised manufacturing system while providing a range of employment opportunities within the community.


‘Home Grown’ is aimed at low-cost private schools. It offers greater planning flexibility that supports evolving learning and teaching styles. It can be used both indoors and outdoors so when classes overflow, classrooms can be moved anywhere. The product line consists of a range of task-oriented seating, desks, tables, storage and multipurpose seating, some even offer canopies for shade; the sizes support students, teachers and staff. ‘Home Grown’ is designed to work in a multitude of spaces which include classrooms, libraries, canteens, social areas, reception and outdoor spaces; and both the task chairs and desks are stackable.


Info

  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Design

    Programme

    MA Design Products, 2012

    Specialism

    Platform 15

  • ‘Home Grown’ is a classroom furniture system for primary and secondary schools in developing countries and areas of high unemployment. This project is about a shift in the way we think about classrooms, materials, production and community; it’s about producing the things we need right here right now. ‘Home Grown’ combines local materials and products with basic production processes and community makers. While ‘Home Grown’ is about classroom furniture it is equally about creating sustainable social and economic solutions. ‘Home Grown’ explores community-based production as a decentralised manufacturing system while providing a range of employment opportunities within the community.


    ‘Home Grown’ is aimed at low-cost private schools. It offers greater planning flexibility that supports evolving learning and teaching styles. It can be used both indoors and outdoors so when classes overflow, classrooms can be moved anywhere. The product line consists of a range of task-oriented seating, desks, tables, storage and multipurpose seating, some even offer canopies for shade; the sizes support students, teachers and staff. ‘Home Grown’ is designed to work in a multitude of spaces which include classrooms, libraries, canteens, social areas, reception and outdoor spaces; and both the task chairs and desks are stackable.


  • Degrees

  • BA, Furniture Design, Savannah College of Art and Design, GA, USA, 2005; Minor, Decorative Arts, Savannah College of Art and Design, GA, USA, 2005
  • Experience

  • Application specialist, Steelcase Inc, Grand Rapids, MI, USA, 2009–10; Industrial designer, Steelcase Inc, Grand Rapids, MI, USA, 2007–9; Application designer, Steelcase Inc, Grand Rapids, MI, USA, 2006–7; Interior designer, Steelcase Inc, Grand Rapids, MI, USA, 2005–6
  • Exhibitions

  • Paradise, Salone Internazionale del Mobile, Milan, Italy, 2012; Work-in-progress Show, Royal College of Art, 2011; Work-in-progress Show, Royal College of Art, 2010; Steelcase Inc, NeoCon, Chicago, IL, USA, 2009
  • Awards

  • Good Design Award, Steelcase Inc, Elective Elements 6 – New Solutions, Good Design Award from Chicago Athenaeum Museum, 2009; Gold Award, Steelcase Inc, C:Scape Furniture System, Best of NeoCon, 2008; Metropolis Magazine Editors Award, Best Design School – Savannah College of Art and Design, International Contemporary Furniture Fair, 2004