Modern furniture seems to segregate high end and finely crafted furniture from practical, RTA, flat-pack type of furniture. It gives the notion that the only purpose of the latter is to cut on manufacturing and shipping costs, when in reality it adds a lot of convenience to the user.
‘Buckle’ seeks to translate that sense of convenience without losing touch with the best materials, finish and craft.
Competitor Study: For this assignment, we were made to study the brand DNA of a furniture competitor of our choice and find a market gap within their targeted customers. I identified that Studio Dunn specialized in high end wood furniture, only recently branching out into using metal as a material.
DIMENSIONS: 17" x 17" x 19"
The beauty of 'Buckle' lies in the fact that it requires only 5 parts to assemble. There is no need for tools or hardware
For this project I took inspiration from 'rustic' bar and home furniture with a sense of rawness and honesty of material
The steel ring holds the 3 legs together in tension. This tension holds the assembly together while also significantly reducing the infamous vibration that occurs with bar stock
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Elevated Bar Cart
The Elevated Bar Cart is a portable liqueur storage unit for the modern home. It offers functionality with its ample storage space as well as versatility with its wheels. It stands apart from traditional Victorian bar carts with its 36" tall top surface, tall enough to be comfortably used as a platform to make drinks. It seeks to be an elegant addition to a household that loves hosting dinner parties and having guests over.
DIMENSIONS: 48" x 37" x 23"
The Elevated Bar Cart stands roughly 6" taller than conventional bar carts on the market today.
The rectangles are to scale and mimic the profile of liqueur bottles
Visually assessing how 36" height carts differ from 32" carts. Assessing different possibilities for handle design.
Finalized design - Orthographic and Isometric using Solidworks
Elevated Bar Cart at RISD ID Senior Show '17
Designed for users with a green thumb, the Vertical Planter is a wall-leaning planter made of ash wood that houses up to 4 rows of plants. It allows for storing a much larger volume of plants than pots for the same amount of floor space. The rustic aesthetic alludes to outdoor lawn fixtures for plants, thereby connecting the owner with the nature and tranquility found outdoors.
The design is inspired from leaning book shelves.
This low fidelity mock up was screwed together in one night with inexpensive wood, just to test the weight, balance and visual aesthetic of the planter. Many insights from this led to the refined final prototype
A full scale plotter print out of the side view was trimmed and then taped to one of the 5' long ash planks for reference points to drill and screw into
My late night set up during Thanksgiving Break when all shops were closed
Closer look into pencil markings and drilled holes
Screwing the structural back-slats into the legs of the planter
I used a combination square as a visual reference to keep the drill bit square to the wood. This ensured that I didn't drill at an angle and potentially drill through one of the thin shelves.
Furniture Design using Rhino
Furniture designs modeled in Rhinoceros and rendered using Brazil. I have experimented significantly with lighting, environments, color mapping and texture mapping. to get a custom look for the wood, fabric and ceramic seen on the models.
Cube Side Table
An exploration of the table saw and jig making for arriving at precise compound angles. This 18x18x18" side table has a simple form but with complex math and a complex gluing system to achieve seamless miters and ensure the secure connection at the corners.
The clamping mechanism for gluing 3-way miter is complex and cannot be achieved using clamps. This requires holes through which metal cord is strung and tightened till substantially tight. Its also challenging to get the form together since the domino's inside the miters form undercuts that are challenging to deal with during assembly, especially if not assembled in the right order.
The orange accents provided by the cord pays homage to the process responsible to get the form together.
The cube is assembled by joining an 2 assembles of 5 parts with 2 singular parts. This is done because the domino blocks form undercuts which make the assembly harder and harder to assemble if done so one part at a time.
Fun Fact: The Cube Side Table was an evolution of one of my 'form' projects for Wood 2, which did not have the table top or the orange accents. I decided to add the top to make the piece a functional part of my home and added the orange cord as recommended by my professor Charley Appleton during my critique.
Suspension Lounge Chair
Lounge chair designed for 'Metals for furniture design' winter session course 2014. The goal was to get a stark, bold and elegant design for a chair that would be complimented by the cold, shiny, sonorous and precise aesthetic provided by metal. The design was driven by the concept of suspension and cantilevers which was something that interested me. The processes used for the making of the chair include strip rolling, sheet rolling, TIG welding, grinding and sanding. The large size of the chair makes it a better fit for outdoor placement.
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