such brilliant PLYdeas …

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So, it took me almost 2 years to get these guys on Etsy. I don’t want to keep hogging these furniture pieces all to myself anymore! Actually, they’ve been wrapped in blankets and  hiding in a room with many boxes of other things not being used. It’s time they go to new owners who can enjoy and appreciate them EVERY DAY for their beauty and hard work.

Please take a moment to check out my Etsy shop and share it with anyone who might also appreciate these unique, completely one-of-a-kind, handmade furniture pieces. All were designed by me and 2 were built by me as well (Curves and Elements). The other pieces were built by a woodworking friend who was quite accepting and patient with my rather particular designer tendencies ;)

If you’re interested in the stories of how these pieces came to be, click on their names below …

Elements
Cubey
Curves
Intersect
10 Blocks
23 Degrees
Triple D

And then there’s my first born which is not for sale. This is where it all started, so you may want to read this story first ;)

THANK YOU for taking the time to check out my creations for the 1st or 10th time!!!

XO Dawn

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REintroducing 10 BLOCKS …

10blocks collage

48w . 22d . 16h
plywood . glass

10 Blocks came about when I drew it graphically in plan and instantly loved it. Then I extruded each square in my head and knew it would be beautiful. Simple and elegant…just like me, hahaha!

Since it was such a simple design, I asked Don if he’d quickly build it for a furniture show I had in April 2014, and he did it masterfully. Each square block is an individual piece, so they could be arranged in any order preferred by 10 Blocks’ future owner. Have fun with it!

REintroducing CUBEY …

cubey collage

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.

meet CUBEY …

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A lover of the ladies, Cubey is a very caring, grounded and attractive coffee table who will happily give you a space to store your things. You will surely be intrigued by and appreciate the many layers of his being.