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to Chavez Antonio Chavez to Moelher John Moelher

to Chen Eric Chen to Nguyen Damian Nguyen

to Deckinga Luke Deckinga to Pellechia Adam Pellechia

to Francis Kate Francis to Ritchie Melissa Ritchie

to Gantt Trisha Gantt to Scott Jeremy Scott

to Irwin Allison Irwin top Shirley Wendy Shirley

to Joyner Jeremy Joyner to Swinghamer Amanda Swinghamer

to Kim Chan Kim to Trahan Timothy Trahan

to Lester Bryan Lester to Velez Efrain Velez

to Mehl Christina Mehl to Wimberley Amy Wimberley

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Amanda Swinghamer
Hatbox: The Ball Chair Re-designed
Hatbox is a re-design of the ergonomic ball chair and its position in the market. Without a user, the chair stands alone. Its smooth formic casing gives it a domestic appearance and enables it to be seen as more than a toy or exercise tool. When pressure is applied to the seat, the bottom portion of the casing rises and reveals a rounded base. At this point, just as with the ball chair, the user must apply a constant but low level of activity in the torso and leg muscles to keep the chair upright. It remains a healthy aid for autonomous sitting, but does not position itself within the stylistic limitations of the ball chair.