The desks of the MFA Products of Design Program were designed with aluminum extrusions running their length (to accommodate magazines, books, and sheet stock) as well as a 1 1/4" pipe (to, well, you'll see). Students are invited to customize their desks, and in only the first two days of the new semester a couple of very inspiring designs have appeared.

First-year student Miguel Olivares has erected a simple design, laddering up with a modest, narrow bookshelf, based with a bit of greenery:

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Second-year student Richard Clarkson ups the ante with a magnetized bit of a magic trick, storing tools, binders, and a soon-to-be "green roof" with wheat grass to come. The gauntlet's been thrown down! (We'll update this post as other innovations appear in the studio.

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Damon Ahola's simple and effective 2-tier shelf below uses similar hardware. No tricks.

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