In my last post I showcased some of the work done this semester in my "Architecture of Objects" course led by Professor Shaun Jackson. I am sure everyone who checked it out would agree there were some really awesome lights and furniture pieces in this year's showcase.
This post will give a closer look at my final piece for the course, a coffee table prototype which arose from the desire to create an object with radically different interior and exterior relationships. The exterior of the table is very geometrically precise with straight lines and hard edges. The interior, on the other hand, allows for a loosening of the geometry and results in a free-formed and undulating surface.
The table is made from laminated strips of birch plywood which are then CNC routed based on a Rhino software model to create the interior geometry. After the four sides are cut on the CNC, they are sanded to create a smooth surface and attached together.
Here is a video we taped while CNC routing.... (http://bit.ly/K792Fi)
Brandon Vieth was a CNC master and helped with all the routing work.
The 1/4" glass top is custom ordered and fabricated from a local fabricator and is held 1" above the top surface of the table by (4) aluminum pieces which were cut from a single length of aluminum and then finished in the school's woodshop and fabrication studio. There are also (4) more on the bottom of the table that act as the table's feet. These eight aluminum pieces fit into pre-cut 1/2" deep holes in the table's top and bottom which were done before CNC routing.
The edges where the miter joints meet is concealed with an aluminum channel cut to length in the school's woodshop. These pieces serve to accent and compliment the aluminum pieces holding up the glass table top.
I am a graduate student and an entrepreneur at the University of Michigan Taubman College where my studies are focused on leveraging design ideas across multiple scales and platforms. Meeting at the intersection between design, tectonics and fabrication, I am continually exploring how a design idea can navigate complex material and production systems and evolve into fully realized architectural artifacts.