Our Design Fellows fly off to NYC and Chicago!

“There is an apprenticeship system in jazz. You teach the young ones. So even if the musicians weren’t personally that likable, they felt an obligation to help the younger musicians.” — Dave Van Ronk, the ‘Mayor of MacDougal Street’


An Apprenticeship at Panafold

Some countries maintain a rich tradition of apprenticeship. Although the U.S. doesn’t, even small companies like ours can draw on the apprenticeship tradition and also work with colleges and programs such as CODE2040 http://www.code2040.org/fellows-program to help students and recent graduates gain real-world skills.

Our interns and fellows work in design and technology. Along with professional skill development, we insist that each one gain an increased appreciation of international design. Last summer, our team studied Japanese for 10 minutes each morning to prepare for our trip to Japan. (Wut and Bianca also over-achieved by taking classes after work.) The trip let us meet potters, monks, calligraphers and others who draw on centuries of practice during their day. We were granted unusual access to such teachers through Maki Aizawa of the Sonoma Cultural Exchange https://makiaizawa.com/portfolio/sonoma-cultural-exchange/.

Bianca (left) and Wut in Tokyo. Photo by Yutian.

Bianca (left) and Wut in Tokyo. Photo by Yutian.

Some achievements

Our two design fellows this past year were Jui Yu Lin, who signs her designs “Bianca,” and Yutian Sun. Both came to us from the California College of the Arts. Bianca concentrated primarily on assisting our interior design clients in gathering ideas and presenting them in a masterful way. One project is reflected in this study for window placement for a project on Potrero Hill.

Bianca’s rendering allowed the client to see how adding new windows could frame a view.

Bianca’s rendering allowed the client to see how adding new windows could frame a view.

Bianca will fly off to Manhattan to attend the Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation https://www.arch.columbia.edu/. She is looking to sharpen her critical and technical skills but also the school appealed to her in its “broader context of environmental and global engagement.”

 

Yutian will leave us for IIT Institute of Design. Like New York, Chicago draws students who want to prepare for their design careers. Yutian selected this program because of its combined focus on “user-centered, method-based approach with core management education. That makes this program ideal for professionals who aspire to lead collaborative, interdisciplinary innovation initiatives within global organizations.” https://id.iit.edu/master-of-design-mba/. At Panafold, Yutian has worked on product design for clients, including completing the tricky powder-coated steel base for a marble table we wrote about here.

Yutian in Tokyo.

Yutian in Tokyo.

Yutian’s leather shelves match the ‘50’s chairs perfectly

Yutian’s leather shelves match the ‘50’s chairs perfectly

While we try to teach interns and fellows, they also teach us in at least equal measure. Panafold, along with our clients and friends, all wish Bianca and Yutian well.



Resources:

Design. Some schools whose faculty have helped their students land our fellowships:

California College of the Arts (CCA) https://www.cca.edu/
University of Southern California (USC) https://roski.usc.edu/

Computer Science and Engineering. Reaching out beyond the usual universities:

CODE2040 http://www.code2040.org/fellows-program
USC Monterey Bay School of Computing & Design https://csumb.edu/scd/computer-science-bs

Meg Withgott