All six pieces of furniture were on display at War Memorial Library for two weeks to allow library users to view them and vote for their favourite. The five students pictured here, from the tsg group, bonded together sheets of ply before cutting them to shape and bending the results in a jig using steam pressure. They also designed matching footstools, seats and benches.
Service delivery manager Philip Casey says War Memorial staff were surprised by the enormous variety of designs to emerge from the same brief.
The third and fourth-year students were asked to come up with furniture to house a touch-screen monitor, a scanner to read barcodes (and their eventual replacement, RFID tags, which do not need to be passed directly beneath the scanner) and a small printer.
The results of voting will help the council choose a winning design – or possibly designs – to be built and installed at its eight libraries, starting in October or November. About two dozen will be manufactured.