Katina Chang

Parametric Stool

Class of: 2025

Major: Architectural Design BFA

Medium: Sculpture

Faculty: Carolyn Salas

Prompt: The prompt for this project was to create a wooden sculpture using notching and slotting.

For this project, I wanted to challenge the idea of what a chair “should’ look like. I was inspired by the stools at Parsons: they are boring to look at and are not very comfortable. This motivated me to create an artwork that could be sat on. I was most interested in parametric design: a type of design that contains several layers. The physical separation and repetition of this design created a more interesting object to observe. The physical separation of the chair into layers not only serves an aesthetic purpose but is also symbolic of my main idea: to separate the chair from what people’s expectations of what chairs typically look like. It’s a metaphorical separation and transformation between the expectations of a chair and a wooden sculpture.