Alyssa Gerasimoff





I am a recent graduate from the Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in Furniture Design and Culture and Sustainability Studies. My present work aims to raise awareness for and critically explore inequalities inherent to contemporary global food systems. Although my studies were completed in a three-dimensional medium, I enjoy working in a variety of two-dimensional and digital mediums. I am an academic at heart and writing is an essential practice that accompanies all of my projects. I am currently based in Berlin, Germany. 



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OF COURSE I MADE A DINING SET







This small dining is intended to act as a space in which a child can build memories and also safely learn to cook. It was designed taking into consideration the proportions of toddlers and young children. This function, however, is only meant to be a subtle, hidden comfort. The pieces are moreover a reflection of a moment learning to make Russian dumplings with my grandmother. I wanted to design a chair on which a child could kneel comfortably and safely on in order to meet the adult at the surface of the table. The scale of the table and ergonomics of the chairs very much connotate a dining function yet aesthetic considerations were drawn from wooden school chairs and tables, insinuating an educational aspect. A child can safely rest their arms on the backrest of the chair, which rests on top of the surface of the table. The chairs themselves interact with one another, when place side by side they create a mock settee, the backrests mirror and meet one another, and the chairs can also be stacked. The chairs are intended to have a relationship with one another, one that exists beyond their connection by the table.


RHINO SCREENSHOTS






DRAWINGS






CONSTRUCTION PROCESS PHOTOS


CHAIR FORMATIONS



COMPLETE SET


JOINERY DETAILS



EXHIBITION PHOTOS




This set was displayed at the RISD 2019 Furniture Triennial, chosen to be a part of the 2019 Fine Furnishings Show, and also shown as a part of Wanted Design’s 2020 Graduate Online Exhibition