Spring 2020 - 8 weeks
A geoform four-board book table
The objective of this project is to design a book table with poplar wood that compliments a book of choice. Due to COVID-19, I complimented the production of the physical product with 3D modeling and animation.
Choosing the book
I decided to choose "The Making Of" by Brechet Evens, one of my favorite watercolor illustrators. The image of the cover grabbed my attention with its spacial and geometric qualities, which I find interesting to explore for this project. Coincidentally, the book has the same thickness as the wood board, making it a pleasant 5th plane.
Form Explorationa. Sketching
I began by exploring variations of 4 board compositions by sketching in orthographic and perspective views.
My approach was to celebrate both the book’s cover annd its interior by creating a two-way orientation.
To draw graphical elements from the cover, I created consistent windows in each plane while integrating a display for both the opened and closed book. Thus the book would possess a different meaning to the whole when it's sitting in the slit, displayed openly, and away from the book table.
b. Model makingI created 1/3 sized models with foam core to test out variations from my sketches. While making the models, I considered the dimensions, support, joinery, and stability of my form. It was important to examine the affordances of poplar wood and planning out the steps of production and assembly.
I created an actual size model with foam core of my final direction. I was able to notice interesting, geometric spaces being formed by the intersecting planes.
Due to COVID-19, I was not able to create the wood model. The fabrication drawing shows how I imagined the book table would be made with the various machines in the wood shop.
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