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Francesca Pezze Metaproject collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RITArc-0262

Scope and Contents

The Francesca Pezze Metaproject collection includes research notes, preliminary drawings, 1/4-scale and full-size models, a CD with photographs of the project, and a full-sized prototype made by Wilsonart International. The final product is a bathroom stool with varying height supports and storage compartments.


  • Creation: 2010-2011


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Biographical / Historical

The Metaproject competition was developed by the educator Josh Owen in partnership with an industry sponsor to encourage students to produce design that "is semantically correct, and pragmatically understandable, but also visually powerful, intellectually elegant and timeless." In the case of Metaproject 01, in collaboration with Wilsonart International, the students were given the task of creating seating prototypes that would make use of Wilsonart’s laminate surface material.

Students in Professor Josh Owen’s industrial design class were given the task of creating seating prototypes that would make use of Wilsonart International’s laminate surfacing material. Project development needed to include research on a specific context, followed by a proposal for a “utilitarian service in the form of a seating-object typology.” The goals of the project were two-fold – to “inspire meaningful innovation in product development” balanced by real world parameters as students worked with an actual client product.


7.75 Linear Feet (1 box and 4 items )




The Francesca Pezze Metaproject collection consists of all the process work for the development of The Nodule by Pezze, and a book which describes Metaproject 01 and all the student designs.


1/4-scale models are in one box, life-size models and protypes on shelves. Paper records are stored seperately.

Physical Location

C.S. North Shelves 401-403

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated to RIT Archive Collections by Francesca Pezze in May 2011. Accession number: 11:46


  • Metaproject 01 / Rochester Institute of Technology School of Design. Rochester, NY: Rochester Institute of Technology, 2011.

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Becky Simmons in November 2011.

Francesca Pezze Metaproject collection
RIT Archives
Becky Simmons
11 November 2011
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Repository Details

Part of the RIT Archives Repository

Rochester NY 14623 USA