Indiscriminate Arrangement

Jonathan Knowles
Laura Briggs

Tasked to design lightweight furniture for the Walk & Talk Arts Festive in Ponta Delgada, twelve RISD students were crunched for time and material. Utilizing the local wood called cryptomeria, we completed this task in just three days. The Festival coordinators asked for modular pieces with multi-purpose functionality. Apart, our chair contains four seats with angled backrests. As one, the chair transforms into a tabletop, making it an ideal gathering space.

Michael Joseph Farris 


Michael Farris is a problem-solver who excels in the overlap between disciplines. His leadership and team-building experience has taught him that there is greater opportunity for growth when opposing beliefs, perspectives, and experiences unite. Ever since founding and hosting the first student-led podcast series, rizdeology, along with the first-ever fully funded TEDxRISD conference, Michael is a proven leader that knows how to solve and scale ideas.

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Through the ‘critique’ process, Michael has continually crafted narratives, showcased emotions, and created plausible stories, convincing audiences how and why his proposition is viable. Michael has various skills, including Adobe CC, Rhino, AutoCAD, Revit, 2D Drafting, Twin Motion, V-Ray, Gravity Sketch, Unity, Climate Studio, and Photosphere.