Design a Week – 18/52

A little “before & after” for the next in the series of round coffee tables – the Compass Rose Wood table:

This table top is another idea that came out of a doodling session in a boring meeting at work. A simple compass rose layered on a bullseye, over bent metal legs. If for no other reason than to make the pun work, I would want the darker inlays to be some type of rosewood. Depending on the choice of primary species for the table top, the metal could be chrome, brushed aluminum, antiqued bronze, or even pewter. I had a few possible alterations. First, adding a ring/foot rail to the legs:

Second, extending the legs to be wider than the top:

And possibly both?

There are also a bunch of options working with the edge of the table as well. As drawn there are diamonds inset at each cardinal direction, but there could be other shapes or even a continuous banding around the edge.  Any suggestions?

Design a Week – 14/52

For the next entry in this design exercise, I’ve drawn another keepsake box:

The inlay that wraps around the middle of this box was gleaned from another batch of doodling during a meeting at work.  I’ve been digging into quite a bit of Greene & Greene lately – specifically Darrell Peart‘s G&G book and David Mathias‘s blog. I imagine that the cloud lift is what was noodling around my brain when I drew this.

Originally I drew the top design – the one that’s shown in the perspective drawing as well.  Then I got to thinking (scary, I know) that if I reversed the pattern of the inlayed design and make it proud of the surface of the box, then the lifts on the short sides of the box could act as handles. After drawing both, I’m not sure which one I prefer.

What do you think?

Design a Week – 4/52

Five weeks in and I’m only one week behind.  At this rate, I’ll be caught up and finished by late March – 2011. Not bad for a one year commitment! On to this week’s idea…

This week I come before you to present a coffee table:

The table is mostly two-toned, with the same wood used for the inner square and the trim. The inner square is lined by a herringbone inlay, which is composed of neither of the two woods found elsewhere on the table. The legs and crossbars also mimic the two-toned style, although I haven’t decided which part I want light or dark. The lighter trim is bullnosed to reduce possible sharp edges on the sides (it’s amazing what details you think of when you have a mobile child exploring the house).

I first drew this up with the center circle as just plain wood, but the more I think about it, the more I want to put some type of inlayed design in that center area.  I’ve included one possible design (bottom, right) composed of spiraling concentric squares of alternating woods.

The biggest thing I like about this design is that I had a bit of an epiphany when drawing the 3D model of it. I have realized why my perspective drawings are so top heavy (and knowing is half the battle), but I’m not sure how to work through changing that.  I also figured out how to calculate ceratin angles after I’ve draw the reference line with the skewed perspective. I even had to break out the happy dance after these realizations!

I have a couple of other designs that I’ve started flushing out, so hopefully I’ll be able to catch up over this weekend and get back on track. To see what others are designing around the web, make sure to check out the Furniture Design blog.