Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Chair Mobile Finished!

Congratulations to Jeff and Taylor on their new girl Leah!

We decided to make Leah a mobile that would subliminally get her interested in Industrial Design.

The cross members are bent ash, made on the same from as the wood fenders that were made earlier this year. We picked our five favourite chairs to immortalize and laser cut them out of 1/4" plywood.

Bonus points if you can identify each chair!

Panton Chair by Verner Panton
Wiggle Chair by Frank Ghery
Cord Chair by Jacques Guillon

Molded Plywood Chair by the Eames`
Rocking Chair by the Eames'

The chairs are laser etched on both sides to show a bit more of the chair detail and shadows. Each chair was scaled so that the weighed roughly the same, and the mobile would hang straight.

Since these photos I have shortened the bottom cross member so that it can rotate freely within the top chairs. Unfortunately I was not able to take more photos, but from this angle it looks pretty much the same.

Enjoy Leah!


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The Summer of Thor

This summer we have been doing a bunch of work for the local coffee shop Thor. We were asked to design a patio at the beginning of summer, but due to the nightmare that is the city bureaucracy it wasn't completed until about a month ago. We are now putting on some of the finishing touches.

The project began with the commission of an outdoor bench for the front of the shop detailed here. We then designed the space and layout for the patio, and even designed custom furniture to match the interior and front bench. Due to the poor timing the custom furniture and some permanently installed features will have to wait until next year.

The Completed Patio and Newly Installed Signage

The sign is made with leftover wood from the fences and some charred cedar that gives some contrast for the logo and works as a chalk board.

Charring the Cedar (fun)

We only wanted a light burn on the cedar, so we used a propane torch to blacken the surface instead of the more intense chimney burn method

Half Charred Cedar

The charred cedar was laminated and put into a pine frame. We then took the sign to Thor and applied the laser cut acrylic logo and wordmark  The acrylic was cut at 1:1 so that you we could use the offcut as a template to make lining up the pieces super easy.

Completed sign in our Garage I mean Workshop

Installing the Acrylic with the Template

1/4" Laser Cut Acrylic Letters and Logo

Easy as pie.

The sign also has space to run power and install lighting for the sign if so desired. We should have a more comprehensive post for the full patio soon. There are some great Norse ship inspired details that we like a lot.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Gladstone Maps Exhibit (updated)

The Gladstone Hotel is putting together a small exhibition that we will be a part of. It focuses on the use of maps and geographic identity in design. The exhibition is going to be in the public spaces of the hotel, I think mainly around and up the central staircase.

Here is some of the other stuff that is going to put our coasters to shame:

Detail of "North Pole" by Joy Charbonneau

Detail of "Synapse" by Shannon Rankin

There will be work from these and other artists. It runs from October 5th to the 30th, and is free, so be sure to check it out!

Update! The Gladstone has published a blog post with some more details here.