SFAI Design Studio
LocationSanta Fe, NM
ClientSanta Fe Art Institute

SFAI’s second Design Studio introduced youth to the practice of Public Interest Design. It explored the nature and creation of space within a community setting in both the real-world environment and its representation. Students were tasked with designing and using affordable digital tools to fabricate furniture for the Santo Domingo Trading Post. The Trading Post sits adjacent to the platform for New Mexico’s commuter train, which runs between Albuquerque and Santa Fe. When completed, it will serve as a venue for craftsman and artists from Santo Domingo to sell their work and generate sustainable livelihood. Students designed furniture that would both display artist’s work and reflect motifs of pueblo culture.