48w . 16d . 16h
plywood . nickel
Cubey was a definite test of trial and error…and error…and then some more error. 99% of my designs include me thoroughly thinking through how the piece will be constructed. I love that part just as much as I love coming up with cool shit to make. But Cubey, well, he was a bit different. I got really excited about this spirally shaped large coffee table structured around all-thread and exposed bolts…yeah, nice try Dawn, but no way that was going to hold this monster together. It was a visual beauty and a structural mess. Thankfully, I’m such a great designer that I rallied, sketched up a few more ideas, discussed it with my woodworker, and voila, the Cubey you see here was born! It’s those errors that lead to greater more bad ass ideas and how I grow as a person and a designer every day! Yay me! ;)
So now for the story about the silver “dots” on the top of the table. At my last job, we tended to move around the office fairly often, as people come and go or move to different teams. On moving day, as I was getting settled in my new desk, I saw these cool looking modern round metal objects under the desk. I went up to the past tenant and asked if she wanted them back, just because that was the right thing to do, but in my head, I was thinking these are cool and they shall be mine. She told me they were door stops (they would install on the floor or ceiling to stop a door from swinging open too far) and she didn’t really need them anymore. Told you they’d be mine.
I left them in my desk drawer for probably over a year until Cubey came into my world. I wanted there to be a decorative and functional purpose to the hardware at the top of the table. I was thinking of solid steel rod cut down to fit in the holes, or using some giant bolts that look neat, or some other material. And then the lightbulb popped out from the top of my head (like for reals, it felt just like that in my head)…wait, what about those random doorstops I have in my desk drawer? Hmmmm. Went to work, pulled them out and was like, hell yeah, these are perfect and pretty and OMG! Way to be resourceful and reuse stuff. Your welcome, Earth. Mailed them to my woodworker and voila, Cubey’s top just got sexier and cost me nothing!
Damn, 2 paragraphs about doorstops…hope you’ll return tomorrow to learn more about Triple D.