Dec 24, 2009

framework website process

greg drew a sketch of the possible home page but we were not quite sold on the idea. the first image is the first rendition of the matrix concept. greg liked that all the projects could be viewed at one time to give viewers an idea of the range. the next series of images are the stills of an animated process that reduces the number of options based on how you click through the options.

option 2 is the black background. it is nice how the images almost glow off the background. i have never been a fan of the darth vader black websites. the short clip below is a alternate option for the project pages layout. the dotted boxes at the bottom would be the images of the project.

Dec 16, 2009

6hr pallet bed

much like my love of shipping containers, pallets are in the category of cheap and usable industrial products. i am of the lo-tek persuasion (the design firm and the william gibson fictional tribe) where using pre-made industrial artifacts can make more sense than crafting from scratch. see below for some pointers on achieving success in pallet projects.

i worked with the existing framing of the pallets to cut along lines that made complete structural elements. then it just became a process of linking and combining those modules into the desired form, in this case a bed with storage bays underneath.

photos courtesy of accio photography

the 6 hr. pallet bed - a little more sanding and it could look really nice. the adjustable feet are key for leveling out the height variations in the pallets. it is part of my ''concept to build'' philosophy of furniture design and crafting, less about a finished piece and more about a working model to explore the forms of these wooden lego blocks.


$7.00 (6) adjustable feet

$0 7 pallets (reclaimed and recycled)

$4.00 sanding disks

$6.70 screws

total cost $17.70

speeditecture: 10 min cabin

chris's eco hovel with some thermal massing strategies
ben's cabin designed around a tree courtyard
greg's bayou cabin

the crucial element of this team design session is a combination of all the major elements into one design. we spent another 10 min deciding on central organizing principles that could be combined.

the 1o min. cabin is an illustration of our latest team building exercise at framework design collective (the all inclusive remix of furniture gang). we wanted to create a regular social design session that would help foster collaboration.

Dec 9, 2009

orpheum vintage

greg put together a nice package for a friend of ours as detailed above. it became a full exploration into the graphic identity of her vintage clothing sales. the wall graphic and business card logo (the eyeball tree) are derived from art deco borders and logo designs. consequently, we are thinking of starting another branch that explores hand painted signs, called the cowboy sign co.

fish light - phase 1

1/2 to 3/4 process sculpture that will eventually be cast as a porcelain slipcast for fishy luminescence. we are planning on working with mudshark studios ( actually, doing a one off porcelain cast is cheaper than i thought. i recommend that everyone rush out and cast porcelain objects. thanks to the recommendation from lisa at pigeon toe ceramics ( to get me in touch with mudshark studios. lisa does some magical cast mason jar lights.

concept rendering

an alternate design with laser cut slices like those CNC routed dinosaur sculptures. we are working on getting the kinks worked out to get in on ponoko ( for sale and flatpacked.