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.

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- 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

moley-moley-mold.

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.

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