Modular Studio Desk

Furniture / Work Space / Community

Studies show that more and more American parents feel that sending their children to college is not necessary anymore. Maximizing the resources offered by the school is an important means of attracting students to enroll.

The studio desk I designed connects the studio, students and school resources through a modular design.

It is possible in this future that students will not need to buy anything more in college except for paying tuition.

2022 Fall


Flip Mouse / One module study

This project starting with a mouse. At first, I just wanted to design a smart mouse that could help users reduce the risk of developing tendonitis (mouse arm).

Mouse arm is caused by prolonged use of the mouse in the same gesture, so I designed this mouse to force users to adjust their gesture by flipping.

Modular Desk / Developing the context

I realized that to make this mouse work, it needs a more compelling context. So, I designed a modular desk that supports its existence. 

The modular desk is designed for the studios at the Art College, aiming to empower students with the resources provided by the institution and encouraging them to spend more time in the studio, fostering a vibrant studio culture. This is a real challenge faced by the California College of the Arts (CCA), where I am currently studying.

Story / demo video of the desk

As a new student about to enter CCA, a few days before the start of classes, you received an email from the school notifying you of your assigned studio seat and providing instructions for using the modular desk provided in the studio. All CCA students are free to use the resources at the school's media center for free, where they can borrow modular desk components such as Wacom tablets, monitors, desk lamps, touchpads, mice, keyboards, Dremel tools, and storage boxes of various sizes. These resources have made you excited about the prospects of working in the school's studio.

© Chen Yishi