experimental design

Playing with design: materials, ideas, and solutions from what's at hand. Old ideas and things that never got fully resolved or made it to production. some of it is silly and strange but always fun.
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This Zig Zag Chair, made from just three pieces of high grade maple plywood, is by Oregon-based furniture designer Randy Weersing. According to the description it’s light, strong, and ergonomically comfortable (via Randy Weersing’s Zig Zag Chair: Three Pieces of Plywood and Many, Many Cuts - Core77)

businessboomcollective: “ This Zig Zag Chair, made from just three pieces of high grade maple plywood, is by Oregon-based furniture designer Randy Weersing. According to the description it’s light, strong, and ergonomically comfortable (via Randy.

The Musk Coat Stand. Commissioned design and fabrication by usethings. Coat stand from steam-bent and laminated hardwood with solid stainless steel bracket / counterweight.

The Musk Coat Stand. Commissioned design and fabrication by usethings. Coat stand from steam-bent and laminated hardwood with solid stainless steel bracket / counterweight.

RedBeard Bakery 2015, designing & making a fly screen door for a high-traffic doorway that can handle being bumped open by cafe staff with their hands full. The angle bracing strengthens the frame & covers the high impact areas of the door. This door is a shift from the symmetry of wooden screen doors based on mortise & tennon perpendicular joins. Contemporary joining methods can escape this. There you go, more than you wanted to know about a design leap on a simple door in country bakery!

Recycled Vic Ash frame for screen door we designed and made for high traffic doorway in RedBeard Bakery Cafe.

Kids solid timber chair, made from wide pine boards. Assembled by rebates and the curved end cuts matched between parts so reducing waste. Pretty sturdy little chairs in the end.

Kids solid timber chair, made from wide pine boards. Assembled by rebates and the curved end cuts matched between parts so reducing waste. Pretty sturdy little chairs in the end.

Got given this beautiful lamp featuring a half reflector in the globe. Rigged it up with some bits lying around the workshop so it would cast light down, just for fun.

Got given this beautiful lamp featuring a half reflector in the globe. Rigged it up with some bits lying around the workshop so it would cast light down, just for fun.

The chair that wasn't a chair… This one was a bit mad though we did take it to Salon de Mobile at the Milan Furniture Fair. It has a stretch fabric and conforms to the body when you sit in it, very comfortable but was a completely unrecognisable form without a person in it.

The chair that wasn't a chair… This one was a bit mad though we did take it to Salon de Mobile at the Milan Furniture Fair. It has a stretch fabric and conforms to the body when you sit in it, very comfortable but was a completely unrecognisable form without a person in it.

Spun aluminium lamp. An amazing and archaic process we'd love to do more. Another project awaiting more prototyping. The idea was to conceal the source of the lights; we'd rework this one for LEDs now.

An amazing and archaic process we'd love to do more. Another project awaiting more prototyping. The idea was to conceal the source of the lights; we'd rework this one for LEDs now.

Plywood table. This one flat packed and was user assembled without fastenings, we prototyped the joins and they worked well but is yet to have the complete prototype.

This one flat packed and was user assembled without fastenings, we prototyped the joins and they worked well but is yet to have the complete prototype.

Lell, a CNC cut plywood chair. I think we got about 3 chairs out of a sheet of plywood. Nesting was OK but nothing like Alien for material efficiency. It was strong an comfortable though and we did learn about water jet cutting and that CNC doesn't like splines… so much for all our beautiful curves, they where converted to straight line segments in machining—very disappointing when we where scraping to fund prototypes in the early days.

Lell, a CNC cut plywood chair. I think we got about 3 chairs out of a sheet of plywood. Nesting was OK but nothing like Alien for material efficiency. It was strong an comfortable though and we did learn about water jet cutting and that CNC doesn't like splines… so much for all our beautiful curves, they where converted to straight line segments in machining—very disappointing when we where scraping to fund prototypes in the early days.

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