Octopod Chair

Designing a chair which uses no hardware with minimal, sustainable materials required extensive prototyping. The eleventh iteration of the chair is shown in this series. A side table was built from the remainder of the 4 x 8 foot plywood sheet.

28.5 x 25 x 22.25 inches

Columbia Forest Products PureBond® oak plywood, Olympic Premium Water-Based Sanding Sealer, Vermont Natural Coatings PolyWhey® Natural Furniture Finish, CNC router, Autodesk AutoCAD

Octopod Package

The box design allows the chair and stool to be carried as luggage for international travel. The cardboard material used was minimized while reflecting the shapes of the furniture.

27.5 x 20 x 4 inches (chair)

19.5 x 19.5 x 4 inches (table)

single wall corrugated cardboard, wood glue, adhesive labels, laser cutter, Autodesk AutoCAD

Banana Curve

Numerous plastic sheets were used, including Polyethylene Terephthalate (PETG), Styrene, and finally Polyethylene (PE), in varying thickness until the optimal material for thermoforming over a plastic mold was found. The inspiration for the shape of the banana holder was the hyperbolic paraboloid of the Pringle.

4 x 5 x 9 inches

polyethylene (PE) sheet, Formech 1372 vac-former, 3-D printed ABS plastic, Dimension SST 1200es printer, Autodesk 3ds Max

Funky Guide To Memphis

A Guide To Memphis

In an attempt to entertain myself, I imagined the late soul singer Rufus Thomas as the host of a travel guide to Memphis, Tennessee.

link

Adobe Dreameaver, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator

Translucent Lamp

Translucent Lamp

After months of failed attempts to print a lamp with a twisting, organic shape followed by a gamble on the transparency of powder printed surfaces, this skyscraper-at-night lamp was designed and completed relatively quickly. Future iterations of this work will explore varying treatments of material thickness and bulb brightness to create more consistent illumination from bottom to top.

8 x 5 x 4 inches

3-D printed plastic powder with liquid binder, clear matte spray, LED bulbs, Autodesk 3ds Max, ZCorp ZPrinter 650

Metal Bowl

A durable piece with potential to be inexpensively mass produced, the container is created from a flat piece of metal that is folded. Using triangular forms as the design element and white finishing contrasts with the typical round shapes and warm colors of fruit. The bowl easily can be mirrored by folding the sides in the opposite direction.

6 x 12 x 16 inches

sheet metal, food-grade powder coating, Autodesk AutoCAD, laser cutter, press brake

Chess Pieces

Drawing inspiration from the icons used in chess instructional diagrams, the various pieces are reduced to minimalist forms with the horizontal void allowing identification from a distance. As it does not conform to the standards of chess set design, the collection acts as a reaction to the extensive detailing found in traditional chess sets.

2 x 1 x 1 inches

3-D printed ABS plastic, Autodesk 3ds Max, Dimension SST 1200es printer

Pirate Playground

An open-ended assignment for 3-D modeling produced this concept inspired by the lack of playgrounds within walking distance of my home. A semi-fictitious toddler survey generated a completely invented pirate architecture firm and site redevelopment plan for the empty lot on the corner.

3-D digital model, Autodesk 3ds Max, Adobe Photoshop

Kids' Washer/Dryer

To create a children’s version of a household cleaning appliance, software based on Pro/ENGINEER was used to design a combination washer and dryer. The toy features several moving parts including sliding switches and drawer, a rotating dial and drum, a removable lint screen, and an access door.

3-D digital model, Creo Parametric, Adobe Photoshop