The purpose of this thesis is to explore the possibilities and opportunities that occur when the element of movement is included in the design of functional objects. There is an inherent quality of interaction in functional objects; my goal is to enhance this relationship between object and user. Through this I will pursue the investigation of portability as it applies to objects in domestic settings. By incorporating elements such as handles, wheels and other hardware that suggests movement, I will make functional objects that invite interaction resulting in motion. Likewise, by introducing motion, I hope to further encourage interaction. These hand-powered pieces will be made of wood, metal and found objects, finished with a variety of surface treatments. With this new body of work, I am committed to the gestural qualities that have become increasingly present in my previous design work.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Furniture design; Interactive art; Motion in art

Publication Date


Document Type


Student Type


Degree Name

Imaging Arts (MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

School for American Crafts (CIAS)


Andy Buck

Advisor/Committee Member

Roberly Bell

Advisor/Committee Member

Richard Tannen


Physical copy is available from RIT's Wallace Library at NK2231 .F87 2004


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