Small Stuff



Our world is a web of interconnected information, history and objects. Our default is to consider the small everyday object as inconsequential, and the small moment in time insignificant. Small Stuff accepts each small part as important and a unique possibility point for change. The Small Stuff is where changes add up, and eventually have the ability to revolutionize a concept or object in simple traceable steps.

The default way of moving though the world only notices domestic design when it doesn’t function in a helpful way. After researching object design and history, Small Stuff focuses on providing agency to the user. An example from my own life is to extend my pockets so they are large enough for my phone or wallet or keys.

Small Stuff starts working on the object scale to give agency to the user. It started with small objects like the cereal bowl. It continues to grow at the object scale with the changes to the desk, family dinner table and other pieces of furniture.

Small Stuff takes advantage of the door and window opening to make agency available at the architectural scale. By changing the door or window itself, as well as the frame and threshold the rest of the architecture has to respond. Together various Small Stuff moves will push on the spaces they are in.

Small Stuff pushes back against the default of overlooking simple means and solutions. It combines small objects and architectural changes in simple traceable ways. Small Stuff adds up to a new paradigm of domestic space.
Faculty Advisor:
Julia McMorrough