This coffee table features solid walnut construction waxed steel legs. A central walnut and ash drawer with dovetail construction is flanked by niches providing two different levels of storage and display.
This console table features cherry bent-wood laminates with rosewood accents.
The steel legs are held off from the table top and box with steel spacers.
An all wood drawer mechanism allows the drawer to be fully extended.
After experimenting with bent wood lamination with the legs for the Arch Table, I wanted to further explore this fabrication technique, but applied to a chair.
The chair appears as if it was formed from a single piece of mahogany, which was split and bent back on itself. The lamination technique makes the chair strong, yet flexible, and allows for the chair to feel as if it is springing from the ground, and hovering out in space.
The chair was formed from 6 individual laminations, using two molds. The 3 front sections and 3 back sections were joined together edge on, and then clamped together to form the final piece.
The fabrication of a chair was another fusion of digital and hand fabrication. The molds to form the pieces were designed using Solidworks, which allowed for the precision required to have the two final pieces to fit together seamlessly.
The use of repeated forms, efficient uses of materials, and alternative methods of construction are integrated in this piece.
The legs and back of the chair are cut from two pieces of Baltic birch plywood. That, coupled with the economy of shape used in the piece gives it the potential to be easily manufactured using mass-production techniques.
The chair is held together using only three threaded steel rods, and a handful of washers and nuts. The tension of the nuts tightened on opposite sides of the chair lend it structural rigidity.
With this design, I hearkened back to my engineering background. The legs and supports for this table were made to resemble an arch bridge.
The inherent strength of the arch shape, and the lamination technique used to fabricate the legs of the table allow for a design which is extremely light weight, but still very strong and stable.
I appreciate architecture which utilizes structural elements as elements of the aesthetic design, and that was what I was trying to accomplish here.