Jun 26, 2008
The Coffee Table:
Not a whole lot to say about it. I just like the "tapered structure" concept as well as the potential for a nice exposed joint there all the horizontal wood meets the vertical piece. Enjoy,
The Big "O",
Basically you could mass produce this module many times over. People can use them as a chair (2), love seat (4), or couch (6), or just an ottoman (1). If not against a wall the back can be used as shelves and under the seat you can store "stuff" as well.
Sorry for the late start; my sketchbook didn't have access to a scanner.
Alias: The Big "O"
Jun 25, 2008
I had another thought today about how to deal with the overcrowding in landfills (as it relates to furniture). The idea came to me as I was eating dinner. I bought food from a place nearby and I noticed that they had that nifty to go box that wasn’t just recyclable, it was biodegrable as well. Basically if my dinnerware ended up in the landfill it would biodegrade within a few months. It's strong stuff, microwave safe, just as good as the normal paper junk. I also noticed that it was pretty strong and I could imagine if you had enough of the material it would be just as strong as plastic.
I found this online which explains about the material:
Bioplastics are a new generation of biodegradable & compostable plastics, derived from renewable raw materials such as starch (e.g. corn, potato, tapioca etc), cellulose, soy protein, lactic acid etc., that are not hazardous in production and decompose back to carbon dioxide, water, biomass etc. in the environment when discarded. Cornstarch is currently the main raw material being used in the manufacture of bioplastic resins. Mater-Bi (main component corn-starch), and PolyActide (PLA) (made from corn-starch as well) are currently the 2 main resins (raw materials), being used today in the production of compostable & biodegradable plastics and are certified for compostability under standards set by international organizations. However, other resins are coming into the market made from potato starch, soybean protein, cellulose etc. Most of these are currently not certified for compostability, though some are for biodegradability. The field of bioplastics is constantly evolving with new materials and technologies being worked on and being brought to market.
So why not use this stuff for furniture? Especially the types of furniture that tends to be thrown away. Maybe things like childrens furniture? Shelving? Maybe its best suited for smaller objects, I don’t know.
and here's my well-designed couch after being left outside for a few months. Super comfy.
I was listening to Nina Simone the other day and thinking about words and letters. I thought there were some interesting shapes and combinations. I have just limited myself to English but Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, etc. might make some great combinations.
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Jun 24, 2008
San Francisco (ork)
Public Transport (Copenhagen, London, New York tube)
Jun 23, 2008
I'm going with the delightfully playful for the start of this designathon. I have been thinking about treehouses lately and this is a precursor to the furniture gang modern tree house competition to follow. The bands would be adjustable clamps that latch onto the tree without any permanent fasteners. with this system there could be any number of crazy combinations. I went with the simple tree couch form, access to the tree couch is via a rope ladder.
Jun 9, 2008
Exchange of ideas and for the fun of exercising creative expression.
7 days of design on June 23-29. One idea a day submitted via the blog. Submissions can be sketches, models, renderings, video, whatever. Don't feel like running the full race? It doesn't matter, send us any ideas and take part in the event anyway you want.
Custom Puma track suit with furnathon 08 logo to people's choice winner. Runners up get furnituregang t's. Maybe.
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Greg's Post - Exploration of what we might do with all the useless car parts in the not-so-distant future. How can the wasteful excesses of our past be put to good use in the future?
Shane's post - Has any one else become tired of having to walk all the way to the kitchen to pour yourself a draft beer. I know I have. Thats where the beer chair comes into play. All you have to do is reach over to the arm rest to get a refill. It has two taps and you can store a couple mini kegs as well as a CO2 tank right there in the chair. And of course it does recline, complete with a leg rest.
Ben's post - Forget a plaid couch and standard table sizes, this is the fantastical to be enjoyed as a part of everyday life. The animals would be rendered in any number of materials suited to the function-foam, wood, metal, plastic. The idea is meant to challenge our understanding of standard furniture design and to incorporate a symbolic note of the natural. Why can't we climb up to sit on 20' giraffe couch?
Backyard bunker, for those seeking the kind of solitude only 10' of dirt can provide. Bonuses include a space for reading and natural light.
The Mary Rasure chair series
Jun 7, 2008
Jun 1, 2008
The Pixel Cowboy