Saturday, January 30, 2010

CUTMR 2010

Last weekend, the NDC visited the annual Come Up to My Room.

Here's a recap of some of our other favourites:The bouncy floor and floating, layered text of Room 207,
was thoroughly enjoyed by 3 out of 3 NDC members.

[by Richard Unterthiner & Paolo Ferrari]

Mycologic - by Propellor

Wooden plumb-bobs in Room 210
[Slap Dash Depository, by Naomi Yasui, Jennifer Sciarrino, & Jacob Whibley]

Circular vision of the outside world using cardboard tubes.
[ A Piece of the Pie - by Edward Lin & Kira Varvanina]

A delicate and whimsically cut paper ceiling making up Room 211.
[by Lisa Keophila, Jon Margono, Fiona Lim Tung, & Kristen Lim Tung]

Mason mason mason jars!
[Room 202, by Maggie Greyson, Christine Lieu, & Phoebo Lo]

- Heather.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Casting Concrete with NDC

Part 2 of concrete casting. Instead of writing out the hours it took us to figure everything out, please look at the following 5 second short short animation.


- Jess

dude must be a lady (chair)

Lately, we've been testing our woodworking skills on a prototype of the Lady Chair.

The prototype currently uses oak-veneer particle board to simulate the solid oak that will be used in the final version. It's been slow moving on the chair with working 9-5 and all, but it's just down to assembly now, so hopefully we will be able to post the finished proto after the weekend!

- Heather

Sunday, January 24, 2010


On our trip to Urban Tree Salvage last month, we picked up an interesting piece of maple. The piece that we found had a beautiful natural cavity that followed the contours of the wood. After a month of contemplating different options, we finally decided to fill the cavity with concrete, creating a flat surface while emphasizing the natural cavity.

Why cast one thing when we can cast three?
We decided to experiment and cast:
  1. the wood cavity
  2. a light fixture
  3. a textured slab

Maple slab cavity

Foam mold

Detail of foam mold with wooden dowels

Inset vacuum tubes

Textured foundation wrap mould

we'll see how it turns out....
to be continued...

- Jess

Friday, January 1, 2010

Caged Wisdom

With some slight modification and team work, this wooden birdcage was turned into a hanging light fixture.

chirp chirp.

Curved birdcage creates interesting shadow from the light.

Craig is enjoying the light.

Thanks Scott, for holding the quick soldering class


Thanks Heather, for the wonderful Christmas gift.

- Jess

For British Eyes Only

Over the holidays many friends and family came to visit.

the NDC had a good time.


Thanks G, D, M, L and S and the Lam's.