The collection of furniture consists of three variations on Shaker inspired furniture (chair, rocker, and bench)constructed from actual (not nominal) 2” x 4” x 8’-0” wood studs. Each chair is constructed from one or two wood studs with varying degrees of finish and assembly depending on skill set. The seats are designed to be durable with an economical means of labor and parts. Norman Kelley provided detailed instructions for the chairs to be fabricated in Italy by sharing shop drawings and videos produced in collaboration with our woodworker, Jason Lewis, in Chicago. 



Bench, Rocker, Chair


Paul Preissner, Paul Andersen


American Pavilion, Giardini, 17th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy



Project Team

Carrie Norman, Thomas Kelley, Jason Lewis, Rikiyah Hanaan, William Stauffer


Paul Preissner