We started this project by looking at plastic milk crates, which college students have re-purposed into ready-made shelving. Hex Shelf aspires to shed the “college student” image while maintaining “milk crate” simplicity and functionality. Like a milk crate, the shelf uses perforations in its walls as carrying handles. The holes also serve to minimize weight and provide for wiring feed-throughs. Its legs lock into the top of the shelf below. It is CNC routed from a single 5’ x 5’ sheet of Baltic Birch plywood and assembled with a few wood screws.
This project grew out of an interest in ornament. First, we developed a set of rules: the first that the bed would be made of plywood, the second that a CNC router would make all of its cuts. Based on the limitations of a router, we asked "how can a dovetail joint, which requires square inside corners, be milled into plywood with a round bit?" Then, "how can this new joint inform an overall ornamental strategy for the frame?" Through finish and detailing, the bed presents ornament as simultaneously decorative and useful.
This thin shelf attaches to the back side of two existing free-standing storage units. The inner components of the shelf are fabricated from thermoplastic cut on a C&C router, heated, and bent around forms. While initial shape of all plastic components is identical, variation is achieved through differences in bending sequence and direction. The graphic pattern created by the bent pieces is intended to visually stitch together the two wood boxes that bound the free-form plastic.
Stowaway was produced for a charity auction at the DiverseWorks Gallery in Houston, Texas on the topic of flight. Our entry was a carry-on bag prototype made of two distinct components. One component (the bag) carried a CD player and CD’s (this was before the i-pod revolution) along with other small carry-on items. The other component (the handle) detached from the bag to doubled as a head rest and headphones.