Karen Tinney is a recent graduate of Parsons School of Design in the Product Design department. Her senior thesis is called PatternWerk: Structural Textile, Functional Furniture. PatternWerk is an outdoor seating unit that utilizes weaving and textiles as its primary form of joinery. Fusing craft and functionality it capitalizes upon the structural properties of traditionally decorative textile elements. The resulting pattern is a direct result of functional necessity for seating. Because it is designed as a repeat (as in traditional textiles) it can be used in small, domestic settings, or in larger commercial and public settings.