I recently had two very different furniture pieces submitted for a design critique by the same builder. Below are his comments and request for feedback about his work.
I have two of pieces of furniture that I’d like to offer for your consideration in the design critique.
The first piece is a coffee/collection table I made for a client a few years ago to display her late husband’s treasures. I had struggled with the design on paper for weeks, looking at an arch support under the table. It was just not working. I decided to try Sketchup and was almost instantly rewarded with a much more pleasing design – well to my eye. The drawer is slightly recessed and is without visible means of opening to discourage little fingers. Perhaps it may be of interest.
The second piece was designed on paper. It is a cantilevered coat rack that stands in a corner to take up unusable space. It recently won a Design excellence award at an Australian wood expo and the judges, including a leading Australian architect had glowing things to say about it. But it has been quite polarising. Mainly people are concerned about the stability of the piece. The centre of gravity is right in the middle of the base and as weight is added it becomes even more stable, not less. It is a prototype and is deliberately unadorned, just a few subtle features to link the different elements together. The upright is steam bent and the hooks are hot pipe bent. The hangers are arranged to give an equal vertical spacing between hangers which is why the gap between them appears different. I am not completely happy with the shape of the hangers, but the shape was determined to make the best use of some beautifully figured wood from a dead tree in our paddock.