Designers to Watch

Jan. 4, 2016

This student's project went viral

We here at i+s have had the honor of meeting so many wonderful and talented designers over the years, and now we’d like to return the favor. Every month we will be introducing a design student recognized by their institution for going above and beyond. Today they’re stunning their professors in the classrooms; tomorrow they’ll be stunning the world.

In October of last year, Aldana Ferrer Garcia’s (master’s of industrial design program at Pratt Institute) graduate thesis project entitled “More Sky” became a runaway hit, going viral online after being showcased in the Global Grad Show as part of Dubai Design Week.

After the design went viral, Pratt Institute Industrial Design Chair Constantin Boym said, “This tells us that ‘More Sky’ is not only original and visually striking, but also resonates as something accessible and potentially desirable by many.”

Basing her design off of New York City building codes and using existing mechanisms—such as the hopper, casement, and awning window—Garcia’s offering was conceived as a temporary lounge space for one to enjoy outdoor elements indoors while residing in urban environments. The accordion-like design can be retrofitted into existing windows—so while you’re gazing at the stars, Garcia is reaching for them.

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