Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Web 2.0.1

The new Webster Chair is done! Sure, it doesn't have any webbing, but I'm not too worried. Lots of time to come up with a catchy new name. After finishing the frame a couple of weeks ago, the final step was to cushion and upholster the seat which was wrapped in a dark grey wool felt. The felt matches the Chicago bolts and adds a nice contrast to the light wood (ash I think).

The Web 2.0 chair is meant as a low lounge chair that with a waterproof upholstery could sit well on a porch for some serious stooping. For now it serves as a relaxing reading chair in the living room (can't get a prototype wet!).

I am very happy with this prototype, and would only have a few revisions for the next iteration. The proportions are a little off due to my sad lack of woodworking skills. The chair should be slightly lower and more laid back, but there was an unfortunate incident involving one of the side pieces of the outer frame. There should also be a horizontal brace behind where the seat meets the back for structure and to frame in the back panel.

The next step is to add rocking chair legs. Due to the Chicago bolts between the inner frame and leg/arm pieces, it will be very easy to interchange different styles of legs depending on my mood. Which is almost always surly.


Wednesday, April 14, 2010


We haven't been posting too much lately, but we're excited to tell you the reason why we've been busy:

is coming real soon!

We just picked up our moulds and our first production set of we're not going to tell you yet widgets. Just a bit more elbow grease and packaging and we will be able to show you our first product launch in May!

In the meantime, we will be releasing a few teaser pictures leading up until the big day, so stay tuned!

- Heather!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

creative crush two

We don't mean to cheat on Anna, but as little school girls the NDC will admit unabashedly, that we have more than one crush written on the back cover of our textbooks.

Rita, Rita, Rita.....


Rita Dryers - Giving Montrealers a chance to realize their childhood dreams of crawling inside the dryer.

Passe moi un sapin: Sort of a cute way of sort-of-re-foresting.

3 Spaces - A compact oversized brochure for the Quebec University in Montreal.

- Heather

Monday, April 5, 2010

Happy Leather Ham Day!

Today is the twenty-fourth annual Leather Ham day! The NDC celebrated the joyous occasion with a bit of a shindig.

Goes great with Leather Ham!

"Why you don't say!" -Ham

Triangle love ham.

Happy Birthday Heather!!!
-The NDC

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Fear and Lathing

Recently had a chance to put a bit of time into the lathe. Decided to make something round. That round thing turned out to be a Finnish (as I know it) rolling pin.

Sheets of maple were laminated to create a blank that was then cut lengthwise on a diagonal. Padauk was laminated in the middle to add some colour and contrast to the light maple.

It's round!

The rolling pin is 450mm long and 55mm in diameter in the middle, tapering in to 30mm on the ends. The lamination lines between the maple were accentuated with the finish, so next time a solid piece will be used.

Detail of the Padauk

The red-orange padauk runs out on both sides of the rolling pin and has a really nice grain. Does anyone know how to properly apply Tung Oil?