Collapse Co.

Paired Project | Spring 2017

Space saving shelving system

Designed for use in commercial kitchens with space concerns

Only occupies in-use space, allowing for storage when not in use

Alternative to typical sheet pan racks used in most kitchens

Identified key need through empathy field work interviews with university dining hall staff

About the Design

Scissor cross brace significantly reduces footprint when collapsed

Magnetic guide rails allow for configuration with only one hand

Distance between levels adjustable using magnets

Designed to be manufactured out of sheet metal, magnets, and plastic guide rails

Prototyped out of acrylic at approximately a 1:4 scale with reduced functionality

Initial Prototype with two levels and without guide rails and scissor constraints

Experimentation with acrylic protoype that demonstrated the need for alternative materials