Design Meet the Live/Work Contest Finalists: Amanda Ip. By Kimberly Phillips | June 19, 2012 Amanda Ip has been an avid traveler for a much of her life, traipsing all over the globe but calling Chicago home. She attended Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, earning her Bachelor’s degree in industrial design and gaining experience through internships with several design companies. During her senior year of college in 2007, Ip discovered her love of furniture design and joined the Slate Design. The Innermix Desk was created with Ip’s own preferences for live/work solutions. She favors clean, organized spaces that are still fun and modern. Marrying these ideas together, Innermix features a large workspace and simple storage solutions.