Community Partner Organization: Lighthouse Community Charter School, Oakland
CCA Faculty Leader: Russell Baldon, Furniture
Outside Expert: Justin Champaign of Coalesse
Goal: Create functional, attractive, and affordable tables for Lighthouse’s new K–12 library
Course blog: Visit the course-specific blog
Do you remember your grade-school library? Probably fondly. Do you remember the furniture? Probably not at all.
This course set out to change that, for at least a few kids, at Lighthouse Community Charter School. Furniture chair Russell Baldon had wanted to work with Lighthouse for years, knowing that its predominantly inner-city Latino students would benefit tremendously from exposure to the design world. Even before he knew about ENGAGE's impending launch, he'd already been in touch with Lighthouse's director of development and with Justin Champaign, an industrial designer at the furniture firm Coalesse, about some sort of collaboration. (Champaign is also a CCA Furniture 2007 alum.) "When I heard the rumor that ENGAGE was coming," Baldon says, "I saw this course as a natural fit."Read the rest