Princeton students make their beds

By Lewis Center for the Arts
February 06, 2020

In this video, students display the beds they designed and built as part of the fall semester course “Extraordinary Processes,” a seminar offered jointly by the Program in Visual Arts and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

The beds are equally inspired by the students' personal creativity and structural principles culled from engineering lab work.

The class is co-taught by Sigrid Adriaenssens, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, and Joe Scanlan, professor of visual arts.

The class is designed as a series of material investigations in relation to the human body at rest. Each student designed, built, and critically analyzed a custom bed frame that exploits the inherent properties of a singular material — ash wood — across a spectrum of rigid and flexible structures. 

The title "Extraordinary Processes" came from the idea that "extreme amounts of invested time and manual labor are capable of transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary," according to a course description.

The video was created by the Lewis Center for the Arts communication office.