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Ileana LaFontaine

MA work

As a designer, you can design an object for a user, or you can design a way for that user to achieve a goal. These two approaches are not always intertwined, and I am more a proponent of the latter.

Through a portfolio largely focused on products and furniture, my background in architecture and photography pokes its head through. Much of my work is composed of modular elements or leaves room for customisation. Forms are no more than are needed to satisfy their function and occasionally add a bit of whimsy… If there's no element of delight, we've missed the best part!

Info

  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Design

    Programme

    MA Innovation Design Engineering, 2008

  • As a designer, you can design an object for a user, or you can design a way for that user to achieve a goal. These two approaches are not always intertwined, and I am more a proponent of the latter.

    Through a portfolio largely focused on products and furniture, my background in architecture and photography pokes its head through. Much of my work is composed of modular elements or leaves room for customisation. Forms are no more than are needed to satisfy their function and occasionally add a bit of whimsy… If there's no element of delight, we've missed the best part!

  • Degrees

  • BA Architecture, Princeton University, NJ, USA, 1999
  • Experience

  • Marketing Director, Murphy Burnham & Buttrick Architects, New York, 2004-6; Proposal Manager/Business Development, STV Incorporated, New York, 2003-4; Marketing Manager, Mitchell/Giurgola Architects, New York, 2001-3; Communications Manager, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Architects, New York, 1999-2001
  • Exhibitions

  • Work in Progress (Photography), Sayan Living Gallery, South Orange, NJ, USA, 2004; Real Life: A Day in Brooklyn (Photography), Brooklyn Borough Hall, Brooklyn, NY, USA, 2002
  • Awards

  • Shortlisted, Design For Our Future Selves Award, Helen Hamlyn Centre, 2008