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At least once a week, I tend to find myself in the middle of an emotional conversation. In many of these situations, I’ll be comforting someone and really wishing I was sitting next to a tissue box so I could offer them a Kleenex. Despite this, I’ve never kept tissues around. Tissues aren't usually on my mind when I'm at the grocery store, and I'm not sure I want to keep flimsy, busy-patterned boxes on my desk anyway. (Let alone one of the cold, clinical-looking tissue covers currently on the market.) 

This was the challenge I chose when tasked with creating a meaningful product in Stanford's ME 203: Manufacturing and Design. Though I experimented with TIG welding and vacuum forming throughout the design process, ultimately I settled on Tissueful, a sheet metal box with integrated kingwood, a functional, elegant design. 

The finished product has metaphorical significance; if we put care and thought into things like tissues, if we allow ourselves to see them as beautiful, perhaps we will be more willing to do the same for our emotions. 


  • Engineering Drawing, SolidWorks

  • Sheet Metal Forming

  • Woodworking

  • Finishing

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