Mobius, a collaboration with 3form, is made with their new material: "Dark Chroma". The piece is an interactive bench that lights up as you touch it. Using vibration sensors, the light intensity and degradation rate is mapped from the raw data of the sensors, creating an amazing and unexpected effect.
On view at Wanted Design Manhattan. May 20-23, 2017. For details, click here.
This is how Mobius came to life.
20"W x 28"D x 51"H (seat at 17")
Both a play object and a high back chair, Giraffe chair is a cross between kids and adult furniture. The proportions allow children to use it as a drawing desk as well as adults to sit and relax while the kids play nearby. The drawer in the rear allows for storage of paper, pencils, and various small objects.
This is what one could do with Giraffe.
33"dia x 108"length
Reclaimed white oak (from old vermouth barrel), generously sponsored by Sawkill Lumber Co.
Rocking PacMan is a bench about trust, balance, and opposition. Best described as a "love seat see-saw", it requires at least two people to activate; sitting on opposing ends of the bench, two people rock each other back with their feet like a see-saw.
This pentagonal table is comprised of 5 identical open faced tetrahedron. Held together with brass barrel bolts, the unit can be disassembled and nested for compact shipping.
Images here show a grey stained bamboo plywood, and a raw birch plywood.
Round and Round 2017
88”Dia. x 16"H
A rebuild and revitalization of the original Round&Round, Round and Round 2017 edition utilizes a cold bending lamination technique on its shell and drawer. Made of white oak.
This is how you use Round and Round.
17"dia x 17"h
White lacquered plywood and maple stools, inspired by pizza savers.
Stained White Oak
13' (O.D.) x 16"-23"H (varying seat heights)
Greenwater Bench is another iteration of Capitol Bench. Commission by Gensler for a project in Austin Texas, Geenwater is an undulating bench made of 170 frames. Together, they for a semi circle in plan.
30' Installation that arcs in plan and elevation. Created originally for the lobby of Cooper Union's foundation building, highlighting the path between a round and square elevator.
88”Dia. x 14”Height
Reclaimed heart pine, plywood drawers.
Originally conceived for 12x12 at Wanted Designs 2012, (sponsored by Sawkill Lumber Co.), Round & Round is a circular communal bench and storage unit that is balanced on one single line. Though appearing to be a solid mass, as one end of the bench is pushed, the opposing side pops open revealing itself to be a continuous hidden drawer. The drawer fully extends and slides back into the opposing opening, traveling around and round the entirety of the piece.
brooklyn night bazaar
AC plywood, Douglas Fir studs, LEDs
16’L 16’W x 5’H
Brooklyn Night Bazaar asked for a bleacher style seating for a corner of the event space in Greenpoint. The time frame was 5 days. Given the time restraint, we engaged the assistance of our friend, Takeshi Miyakawa. Together, we made foam and paper sketch models to convey the idea of a multi-layered seating arrangement. Each level would function both as an eating table surface, seat, as well as a step for the next level.
3/8” Birch Ply, Custom Lacquered colors
2”x12” shelves. (variable lengths)
Recently, a few of our clients wanted a bookshelf unit that looked as if the shelves themselves were floating. Of course, wall mounted shelves are not uncommon, however, the challenge for us was whether or not we could create a floating shelf that could take the load of a small child climbing it.
The design constraint led us to two iterations of this triangular extrusion idea. By creating a hollow triangle that tapers from 2” to a 3/8” thickness, we are able to create incredibly strong but lightweight shelves. Additionally, by exposing the structure in its final form, we allow for various hints of color to enliven the piece.
Marine grade fir plywood
8'W x 8'L x 18"H (in square configuration)
As part of the DDC Built/NYC program, we were selected to design a bench for the Sculpture Center in L.I.C. The bench had to function both indoors and outdoors, and be reconfigurable for different exhibitions.
We decided to slice a parallelepiped into eight sections at 5deg angles, resulting in non-rectangular modules that are comfortable, and minimal. Each extrusion is made using a torsion box structure for its walls reducing its weight while appearing substantial and monolithic.
“Triangulated” is a coffee table made from four irregular tetrahedrons that lean on each other to create a perfect square in plan view. Held together with wooden hardware, it combines traditional Japanese joinery with its modern design.
Walnut and Brass spacers
11' (O.D.) x 18”-24”H (variable seating heights)
Designed for 1 Capitol Place in Washington DC, Capitol Bench is a 5 part undulating bench. Working with the Rockwell Group, we proposed a concept for a serpentine style bench that comes together to form a circle, or in other configurations.
This table is made of solid ash with photo-etched steel legs. Our client needed a dining table but also a separation between the kitchen and the living room in a small apartment. By utilizing an existing column, we were able to maximize the space as well as create a unique custom built-in piece.
Solid Ash, Steel Hardware, Black and Clear Lacquer.
42”W x 108”L x 28.5” H
Custom designed and built for a private residence in Greenwich Village, the dining table was a structural and logistical challenge. As the table top is about 300lbs, with legs pitched at 15degrees diagonally, we had to ensure that the table could withstand its own load as well kids and adults climbing on it. Additionally, because of its size, it had to be created as multiple pieces with detachable legs in order to move it into the apartment. We ended up using 1/4” steel plates to mount the legs, as well as creating a double tongue and groove within the lap joint for the top, making it seamless and structurally sound.
Translucent acrylic, LED, Magnets.
2.125”W x 2.125”D x 4.25”H
Two white translucent blocks contain LEDs that light up when they are connected to the tinted power block. Low voltage and low current electricity is conducted through the magnets making it safe and easy to play with. The light blocks can be powered by a rechargeable battery inside the power block, or it can be powered by a power cord that recharges the battery as well. Toylight uses electricity and magnetism in a primitive and simple way. It is a product that strives to be the physical materialization of light, yet also a simple building block.
Knotty Pine Plywood, Solid pine endgrain face, Maple tracks.
48”W x 48”L x 36”H
Extrapolated from a two dimensional drawing of a five point star, the idea of one continuous line drawing is expressed in three dimensional form.
Each “line” of the form is scaled to a traditional 4x6 construction beam, yet they are actually fully extendable drawers. The absurdity of the the semi functional drawers encourages a tactile experience which highlights an ergonomic illusion; we expect drawers to always open perpendicular to its face, yet the drawers shown here open according to the direction of the “line drawing” not to its face.
Sculptural expression of a 5 pointed star drawing. Each extrusion is a drawer that opens in the direction of the star line drawing.