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Necrire A writing desk - I wanted to make a desk into a haiku.
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The Design Brief - I asked myself to update the writing desk. What would the writing desk look like that aided in creating the 21st Century's next great novel. That is where I started.
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From Hemingway to Today - Taking cues from writers of the past and their desks, I set out to create something altogether new.
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The Art of the Hand - Early in the process I decided that this desk would not be a desk for using a computer, but for longhand writing.
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The Design Cues - I wanted the desk to embody the language of words. Menacing would be the lead design cue.
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How to Achieve - What does it mean to be menacing and how can an object become this way?
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Design Inspirations - I looked to multiple artists and designers for assistance: Richard Serra, Anish Kapoor and others. I wanted fast moving language and a uniformity of material.
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Design Inspiration - I looked to objects and fashions that I felt embodied a similar language that I wished to achieve.
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Design Inspiration - I became excited about the idea of making the table structural with no added elements: FOLDING
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The Origami of Design - The table would be like a folded creature.
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First Round Ideation - I wanted to flush out the initial ideas of folding, creasing and aggression. The first round is more an exercise of removal than one of conceptualization for me.
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Second Round Ideation - I noticed that the corner seems to be the place where things hide or leap from. This seemed to be the perfect home for a desk that was meant to be menacing.
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Third Round Development - In the third round, concepts became more subtle and more elegant. Then, I thought of a spider's web as being an extremely menacing object. This led to the final concept being lines joining points like a web, but a web of planes and surfaces.
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The Table Becomes a Haiku - The final sketch concept.
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The Mock-Up - After determining the sketch to move forward with, I constructed a full-size cardboard mock up to determine design details and dimensions.
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The Mock-Up
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The Mock-Up - Because Necrire is made from folds, it creates nooks for storage naturally. I wanted these nooks to function as contemporary drawers and shelves.
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The Mock-Up
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The Mock-Up - To realize it in its intended home, the corner, I devised a mounting system to suspend it between to perpendicular walls.
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The Mock-Up
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The Design Finalized
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The Dimensions - I wanted Necrire to go beyond a concept and become a functional and useful object. All dimensions consider human factors and the motions of writers. There are slots for paper, spots for pens and pencils and storage all incorporated into a very simple form.
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Design Details - I incorporated slots of varying thicknesses to accommodate stack of papers.
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Design Details - Routed out sections for holding pencils and pens.
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Necrire - The Table as a Haiku.
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A Writing Desk