Marymount University (Charlotte Bell)



Jan '06 - Mar '06

  • Furniture model problems!

    By Charlotte Bell
    Mar 3, '06 10:49 PM EST

    In my Furniture Design class, we are building models of our chair designs. My first efforts were quite crude and I'm frustrated with my inability to recreate my ideas and drawings in an effective 3D form. The Sculpey we used at the beginning of class to form our compositions is too soft and limp to hold a chair shape. Paper has no dimensionality and doesn't hold a curve anyway. Foamcore is too thick and awkward for the small scale of our models. Strips of wood in the correct scale are too stiff to be bent to create curves. Although I did find a material that is better than most, Architectural Taskboard (it cuts like a dream, glues together easily with white glue, can be sanded, and can be bent in one dimension over steam), it doesn't really have the flexibility to create complex or tight curves.

    So, I'm casting around for things to use to create these little models. What would work to create a complex curve in a tiny seat? What can I use for the legs that would look like bent metal tubing? How can I create a clear panel with a pattern of holes in it? How about a metal edging on a thin panel?

    Any ideas?

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  • 3D sketches

    By Charlotte Bell
    Jan 29, '06 10:52 PM EST

    Our first design assignment in Furniture Design class is taken from Elements of Design: Rowena Reed Kostellow and the Structure of Visual Relationships, by Gail Greet Hannah. The book discusses the life of Rowena Reed Kostellow, who taught industrial design at Pratt Institute for more than... View full entry

  • Furniture joints

    By Charlotte Bell
    Jan 22, '06 11:23 PM EST

    Here's a simple summary of furniture joints: About Joints. Informative for other wood-joining needs too. View full entry

  • Furniture design class

    By Charlotte Bell
    Jan 19, '06 12:04 PM EST

    Last night was the first class of my new semester - Furniture Design. We'll be going through the process of designing furniture and learning about furniture manufacturing through a series of studio projects and field trips. Our first project is a historical overview. Our other projects will be to... View full entry

  • Building a resource library in your living room

    By Charlotte Bell
    Jan 17, '06 11:15 PM EST

    If you're like me, you need materials for your projects - usually in the middle of the night when your school's resource library is closed Because I got tired of the paltry offerings of our resource library, I started my own student-sized resource collection in the corner of my living room. Here's... View full entry

  • Software POLL (please participate)

    By Charlotte Bell
    Jan 12, '06 7:56 AM EST

    Informal software poll - to help me figure out what I need to learn next and whether I have grounds for bugging my school to teach us more. I'll post results. You can use results to lobby your school for more courses or freebies too. (If you're out of school and practicing, please feel free to... View full entry

  • Architect envy

    By Charlotte Bell
    Jan 11, '06 9:15 PM EST

    Wow. You architecture students get to play with some cool stuff - some of your models, computer graphics, and experiments are terrific. My interior design studios can't touch it - we're pretty much limited to our markers, pencils and 2D CAD and I feel like I'm not learning nearly enough. However... View full entry

  • A little bit about me

    By Charlotte Bell
    Jan 9, '06 6:00 PM EST

    I just joined the blog project and wanted to offer some background. I'm a graduate student in Interior Design at Marymount University. Because I'm also working and raising children, I go to school part-time. I'm about half way through. I've started my own company, BellDesign. I'm not ready for... View full entry

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