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I Must Sit on That

January 26th, 2011 3 comments

You know that unmistakable feeling you get when you see something and your gut tells you that you need to sit on it? We’ve all been there and it just happened to me once again.

In today’s design-inspiring link we look at a chair that your derriere would be so lucky to grace.

The intriguingly designed line of chairs and benches by this designer, Carolien Laro, employ “Spring Wood” (presumably requiring everyone to say “Boooiiingggg” as they sit upon it). Each “wooden pillow” requires 480 CNC-milled cuts into an Ash blank. Ash being one of the better kerf-bending species.

The first thing I thought when I came across this chair was John Economaki’s famous “Squiggle Wood” made from super fine kerf cuts on his Bridge City Tool Works Jointmaker Pro as can be seen in the following video. I wouldn’t be surprised at all to learn that this chair design is Squiggle Wood inspired.


My mind can’t really figure out how the inner part of this chair doesn’t fall out like a bunch of Jenga pieces. This may also speak to why I have never won a game of Jenga… or maybe not, point is, I suck at Jenga and I have no idea how this chair works.

I also wonder if the kerfs ever pinch the sitter where I assume they flex close under load (just figured out where “ass load” originated). A chair that leaves pinch marks on a sitter’s buttocks could be damaging to relationships, besides just the epidermis… “No honey, I promise a chair did that… I’m totally being serious right now”.

Course, it could also be a really fast way to pluck ass hair by sitting on it naked (I’ve finally got “ass hair” out my system… I’ve been dying to blog those words in succession from day one). Which brings up another potential issue (no, not my disturbing over-sharing). It must be a royal pain to clean out the top surface kerfs. There are some pretty deep gullets for food, dust, and DNA to be lodged in (DNA == ass hair).

Kidding around aside, I think this is a pretty cool design. I don’t think I’ve previously thought of wood furniture other than as purely rigid structures. My mind has been sufficiently bent for the day.

And thus this chair has formally been added to my bucket list of things to sit on, right behind a small tower of potato bread (unbuttered for safety reasons).

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Honey, Please Mow the Table

January 24th, 2011 4 comments

Walnut Table with Planter Box

Life is about sharing. We share stories. We share tools (well, my religion forbids that actually). Sometimes if we are *really* good friends, short on cash, or just drunk, we’ll even share bodily fluids.

Lately, I’ve been feeling like I haven’t shared enough with you guys and I want to change that immediately. Those shuddering at the moment relax… I only have so much bodily fluids to go around and what I want to share is much more mentally stimulating (and less STD laden).

For many years now I’ve been reading various architectural, interior design, and general design blogs. These blogs inevitably throw something at me that makes me pause for a second and say “wow, that’s pretty darn creative”. These posts are what I want to share with you.

Given that we tend to become more concrete thinkers as time goes on, I think it’s always a good thing to exercise the mind and keep it as flexible as possible. So please let me help keep your creative mind bendy and limber. I’ll sort of be your personal trainer… The creepy one that slaps you on your ass for pushing out one more rep (ladies only… sorry guys).

Now, I should hasten to add that other than watching the show “Design Star”, I have no other qualifications to speak to what good design is, which is to say that I’m an expert like everyone else.

So without further ado, here we go with the first link. It’s a gorgeous walnut slab table that the designer, Emily Wettstein, had fun with as she incorporated a planter box into it. Personally I would have grown celery in there… what could be more convenient when eating hot wings? Better yet, I think I’d just make the planter a trough loaded with a mountain of hot wings. Because I’m refined like that.

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