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Above: MO:KI, RIT Rochester Institute of Technology 1-5 at ICFF, 6.-10 at RIT

As part of this year's ICFF Schools, RIT Rochester Institute of Technology students showcased MO:KI - The MObile KItchen - a bespoke collection of modular units that push the boundary of the cooking experience and traditional work triangle.

The design origination for the collection began with RIT Interior Design Program Chair Mary Golden’s interest in devising innovative, provocative cooking experiences. As a certified interior designer, Mary recognized, that for some users, the limitations of the typical kitchen work triangle and default cabinetry placement reduced enjoyment and functionality. Clients, especially those with mobility concerns who sought a more responsive cooking environment, were often limited to expensive custom or specialty production cabinetry that did not always result in a positive return on investment. Clients were seeking something more flexible and suited to their personal requirements and physical needs.

Mary brought the discussion of universality and aging in place for the cooking experience into her interior design studios at Rochester Institute of Technology. Evidence-based design research and experiential activities provided tactile insight into the social engagement and nuances of preparing a meal. Together with Professor Golden, a select team of interior design students cultivated the fundamental design language for a bespoke collection that recognized the emotive importance of user experience.

Mary and her interior students teamed up with industrial design students, experts in product design, and RIT instructional faculty Will Tracey to further the premise. Funded in part by the Waldron-Rise Foundation, working prototypes were created in Will’s Fabrication Techniques course with mentorship by Mary. Students and faculty collaborated in the design and fabrication process to refine the concept into a detailed, modular system. Will’s expertise in crafting fine furniture and keen understanding of manufacturing technology guided the process through working mock-ups to production-ready prototypes. Using Autodesk Fusion, the team prepared custom drawings that enabled project partner Nexis3 to produce high quality prototypes on its manufacturing floor.

Following the curated 2019 ICFF installation, the prototype modular units will return to RIT’s Effective Access Technology Research and Development Lab for experiential study, data collection and advancement in anticipation of future production.

Learn more about RIT Rochester Institute of Technology College of Art and Design from the school's website.

ICFF Schools took place as part of ICFF from 19-22 May in the Jacob K Javits Center. For more information on the schools who participated in this year’s event visit the ICFF website.

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Above: MO:KI, RIT Rochester Institute of Technology 1-5 at ICFF, 6.-10 at RIT

As part of this year's ICFF Schools, RIT Rochester Institute of Technology students showcased MO:KI - The MObile KItchen - a bespoke collection of modular units that push the boundary of the cooking experience and traditional work triangle.

The design origination for the collection began with RIT Interior Design Program Chair Mary Golden’s interest in devising innovative, provocative cooking experiences. As a certified interior designer, Mary recognized, that for some users, the limitations of the typical kitchen work triangle and default cabinetry placement reduced enjoyment and functionality. Clients, especially those with mobility concerns who sought a more responsive cooking environment, were often limited to expensive custom or specialty production cabinetry that did not always result in a positive return on investment. Clients were seeking something more flexible and suited to their personal requirements and physical needs.

Mary brought the discussion of universality and aging in place for the cooking experience into her interior design studios at Rochester Institute of Technology. Evidence-based design research and experiential activities provided tactile insight into the social engagement and nuances of preparing a meal. Together with Professor Golden, a select team of interior design students cultivated the fundamental design language for a bespoke collection that recognized the emotive importance of user experience.

Mary and her interior students teamed up with industrial design students, experts in product design, and RIT instructional faculty Will Tracey to further the premise. Funded in part by the Waldron-Rise Foundation, working prototypes were created in Will’s Fabrication Techniques course with mentorship by Mary. Students and faculty collaborated in the design and fabrication process to refine the concept into a detailed, modular system. Will’s expertise in crafting fine furniture and keen understanding of manufacturing technology guided the process through working mock-ups to production-ready prototypes. Using Autodesk Fusion, the team prepared custom drawings that enabled project partner Nexis3 to produce high quality prototypes on its manufacturing floor.

Following the curated 2019 ICFF installation, the prototype modular units will return to RIT’s Effective Access Technology Research and Development Lab for experiential study, data collection and advancement in anticipation of future production.

Learn more about RIT Rochester Institute of Technology College of Art and Design from the school's website.

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