Bubbles have been around ever since soap and water mixed. Appearing in fashion, furniture, architecture, photography, advertising, children’s toys, and of course candy, bubbles have never lost their novelty. Who can forget chomping on Hubba Bubba Bubble Tape, soaking in Mr. Bubbles Bubble Bath, and blowing streams of bubbles in the backyard? Pure, simple, and whimsical, bubbles continue to evoke memories of ones childhood despite their fragile and temporary nature. To enjoy bubbles beyond their ephemeral presence, A String of Bubbles were designed for a residential loft.
Made from .25” steel plate, these stacked bubbles complete the half logs form and unlike traditional bubbles, they don’t pop. They are secured with a metal plate, which runs perpendicular to its base, and anchored with bolts through the wood floor. They add a futuristic tone to a rustic environment and create an unforgettable effect when light passes through them. While most bubbles only last for a brief moment before bursting, A String of Bubbles stand as permanent reminders of ones adolescence.
A Healthy Shelf Life
No human creation lasts forever or disappears without a trace, but steps can be taken to optimize the life cycle of its valuable materials in a commercial afterlife. During the initial design stages, A Healthy Shelf Life was developed in unison with Off the Wall in an effort to eliminate waste by using the remnants of one creation to became the basis of another.
Constructed of .25” steel plate, A Healthy Shelf Life is more durable than most decorative shelving products made from cheap materials, which consequentially reduces the environmental impact of producing replacements. At the end of its life, it can be circulated and reused as a valuable material nutrient for industry. A Healthy Shelf Life was designed to hold books, display photos or mementos on its magnetic surface, and integrate nature and furniture by incorporating glass tubes to store flowers and other plants. Part storage, part wallpaper, part art, A Healthy Shelf Life pairs practicality with architectural flair, adding excitement and texture were conventional wall decor falls flat.
Off the Wall
It’s been said there’s a fine line between creativity and insanity, and the more innovative and “over the top” designers get, the more absurd their creations become. Weighing in at over 2000 pounds and suspended on tapered logs 2” above the floor, Off the Wall proves that no idea is too odd to find success. With the aid of six custom brackets, each individually scribed and bent to account for the logs taper, six panels of .25” steel plate, roughly 5’ by 8’, hang off of three hand-hued logs.
Off the Wall breaks away from the most rudimentary and fundamental shelving unit as a mentally stimulating and eye-popping display of visual complexity. By superimposing and shifting two identical patterned panels a short distance from one another, a new pattern emerges. Often referred to as a moire effect, the offset alignment and geometric organization create an illusion deceiving to the eyes, as one perceives a pattern that doesn’t exist.
Keep stairn’ but ya’ll won’t find no bear skin rugs, them stuffed animal trophies, or them rustic wood balusters in this log home! At first glance, this stairway takes on the traditional handcrafted style with its rough-hewn log railing, but upon further inspection, lends itself to a more polished sophistication with its precision cut steel balusters. The steel cools the logs warmth and adds contemporary flair to a log home secluded in Montana’s backcountry. The contrast between materials makes a bold statement and shows the diversity of timber home construction. Keep STAIRn’ explores the relationship between positive and negative space and merges the craftsman and machine to achieve a modern hybrid of old and new. Log home living may not be for everyone, but Keep STAIRn’ shows us it can be enjoyed in both the traditional sense and on the modern front.
In an effort to balance practical considerations with aesthetic appeal, I M Possible shelves were inspired by the traditional wall-mounted shelf but with an amusing twist. These shelves slant precariously in two directions, giving the illusion they have somehow been captured in the midst of movement, while the objects resting on the shelves appear perfectly still. The secret to this deceptive trick lies in the fascia of the shelves. A 3” thick strip is welded at an angle to the interior plate, creating a lip on one side and 2.5” lip on the other. The project evolved with the fascia and lip dimensions, in addition to the angle position to ensure the visibility of the movie titles.
This design consequently enhances the utility of the ordinary shelf by providing shelving that requires no bookends or heavy-handed adjustments when a DVD is removed from the stack. While testing your sense of equilibrium, I M Possible shelves make the impossible, possible, and add a intriguing idiosyncrasy to any wall.
Lean on Me
Going beyond the ordinary railing, Lean on Me’s multi-dimensional form immediately makes a visual statement and encourages relaxation. Its design provides comfort and support, as well as a safe place for people to congregate. Bordering over 2,000 square feet of decking, Lean on Me is an extension of its surrounding environment with its whimsical treeposts and hand-peeled log railing. Three horizontal logs run in between the tree’s branches and center aperture at various intervals to capture the human form. We all need somebody to lean on, and what better way to clear your thoughts than to hang onto this railing and look over the treetops to a peaceful lake.
You don’t have to live in the forest to feel like you are. Why rough it in the woods if you have A Forest Floor in the comfort of your very own home? Going beyond bland wood, tile and carpet, A Forest Floor brings the great outdoors indoors as an eye-catching abstraction of fallen trees inlaid in limestone tile. This entryway was created with the use of a WaterJet, first cutting the digitized design from the stone to serve as the frame for the steel inlay. The same design was cut out in steel and hardibacker board, only this time using the offset function within the OMAX software, which automatically shrank the inlaid entities to ensure a perfect fit between male and female pieces.