Double Date

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Project by NicoJose posted 10-17-2011 01:43 PM 5753 views 15 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Double Date
31” x 80” x 48”
Materials: kamagong, narra, narig, manggis, mangkono, toog, molave, yakal, betis, alupag, acle, kamatog, makaasim, sampaloc, tindalo, sakat, acacia, red lauan, big leaf mahogany

I forgot how long it took to make this since I kept changing the designs. I got bored with the lamination. I wasn’t really sure how the end product would look like. I just kept on coming back to it while working on other studio furniture pieces. My dad had to help me with the design to make it structurally sound since its suppose to carry up to 8 people.

A sculptural bench providing couples with intimate, face-to-face seating, its S-curved shape allows users to interact, engage in conversation and view opposing perspectives from a shared standpoint.

During my exhibition, 8 people sat down on it and I was happy to see how successful it is as a conversation piece and how helpful my dad’s suggestions were.

-- Nico Jose; Designer/Maker &Artist

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#1 posted 10-17-2011 01:50 PM

beautiful work
once again nico

you have a very interesting style

and the finish just gleams

well done

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#2 posted 10-17-2011 02:10 PM

Very Cool, Looks like you had a lot of fun making this bench. Beautiful!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#3 posted 10-17-2011 02:10 PM

A unique and intriguing design! Lots of fun shapes to touch and feel and the eye-popping colors of the wood make this a real fun piece. I can see how the lamination process would be tedious, but it paid off!

I’d like to see additional versions of this using solid woods with some accent lamination, a more elegant but still invigorating design. Can one call furniture invigorating? Yes, I just did.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#4 posted 10-17-2011 02:34 PM

Way cool!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 10-17-2011 02:45 PM

Beautiful flow to it. Blending the femanistic characteristics with horizontal laminations resulting in a contrasting balance beautiful. Questions why did you use laminations and what glue did you use ?

-- "The hand is the cutting edge of the mind but the wind and sun are the healing factors of the heart

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#6 posted 10-17-2011 03:28 PM

Sweet! I can sit on that wearing nothing but my favorite tiger striped underwear and blend right in!

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#7 posted 10-17-2011 04:52 PM

stunning….I think I would like to adapt this into a coffee table….I love the wood coloration’s…although I have not heard of most of them I am assuming they must be indigenous to your area….again, stunning

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#8 posted 10-17-2011 05:05 PM

beautiful work – holding off on it and re-coming back to it seemed to have paid off wonderfully.

just one thing I am trying to envision – you stated that it allows a couple to sit face to face but the curvature of the bench seems to indicate that they will be seated facing away from each other (left and right). am I missing something here?

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#9 posted 10-17-2011 05:21 PM

Looks like a tiger. A beautiful Tiger that is, what a great job. I never even heard of some these great woods you used. A Master Piece for sure.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#10 posted 10-17-2011 05:49 PM

I really like how this came out. ”I got bored… I just kept on coming back to it while working on other pieces.” I do the same thing a lot but I’m usually glad when I finally finish something. Nice design.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#11 posted 10-17-2011 06:18 PM

@Arthouse: I use lamination because these came from old pillars of house and giant rusty nails had to be taken out. Lamination is the best way i could recycle the wood. I use Titebond but there are solid pieces of wood underneath that hold the seat and the legs together too.

@PurpLev: Its face to face if its just a solo couple. But if you’re on a “double date”, yes, each couple will have their own 180degree view and still allow both guys’ arms around their partner. Its a twist from a traditional circular bench in the mall.

*The wood I use are all from the Philippines. I had the department of forestry identify the wood. They only gave me their local names, scientific name, and family group. Thanks to everyone’s comments!

-- Nico Jose; Designer/Maker &Artist

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#12 posted 10-17-2011 07:02 PM

I really love seeing different “outside the box” thinking. It’s not only a cool design, but the use of the different wood species makes it quite visually stunning too! Very well done, thanks for sharing :)

-- Heidi :) “The only source of knowledge is experience”

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#13 posted 10-17-2011 07:39 PM

wow, very nice, you must go through a lot of glue. would love to see the the glue up in stages.

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#14 posted 10-17-2011 08:54 PM

Spectacular, tiger like, striping on the lamination. I’d definitely sit on it.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#15 posted 10-18-2011 03:46 AM

Beautiful use of wood and love the design!

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