For Charles and Ray Eames

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Project by BritBoxmaker posted 04-23-2013 02:13 PM 1895 views 4 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A box inspired by the American designers, Charles and Ray Eames in a tonal palate of which I hope they would approve.

Construction – EZ Mitre, Shell

Dimensions – 109 mm on the side x 55 mm high on a 5 mm pedestal base

Materials – Rosewood, Sycamore, Iroko and Birch ply (Baltic)

Adhesives – PVA, CA

Finish – Sanded to 320 Grit and finished with Spray Satin Acrylic

The squares and diamonds are 20 mm on a side and 3 mm thick on a 3 mm Birch substrate. So, no, its not veneered. Laminated would be a closer definition.

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

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#1 posted 04-23-2013 02:18 PM

And before someone says ‘did you run out of pattern on the front’, no I didn’t. Its meant to be like that!

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

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#2 posted 04-23-2013 02:24 PM

or maybe you ran out of plain wood? :-) super as usual

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#3 posted 04-23-2013 02:24 PM

This is a magnificent box, Martyn. I’m always amazed by some of you box makers who know how to make boxes like these. I’ve never made one of this type of box but I can only imagine the type of tolerances and care that you have to hold in order to make these amazing geometric patterns that you do. It’s all so very impressive.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#4 posted 04-23-2013 02:39 PM

One of my favorites, Martyn. I love the subtle colors of the wood that you chose. I also love the style of the design. Very beautiful!


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#5 posted 04-23-2013 02:46 PM

Martyn, I knew that :)
Very nice, I like the way it drapes over the sides giving the eyes
different options to look at
Great Piece

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#6 posted 04-23-2013 03:01 PM

i really like how you did the pattern

-- Joel

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#7 posted 04-23-2013 03:17 PM

More awesome work Martyn! Very nice!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#8 posted 04-23-2013 03:50 PM

really nice box martyn, you have gotten so good at these , these dont even look like they were put together, they look like they have just grown there….

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#9 posted 04-23-2013 03:59 PM

Great looking box Martyn. I like the colors. They go very well together.

My son who is in advertising told me about a biscuit company that had sold square biscuits for ages, but sales were slowing down, so they decided to sell diamond shaped biscuits instead. this was pretty easy as they only had to change their box picture with the square biscuit turned 90deg. Sales picked up and they did a marketing survey and found that some customers preferred the old square ones while the others liked the diamond shaped ones best. It was about a 50/50 split.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 04-23-2013 04:14 PM

Well doesn’t that just ‘take the biscuit’, Mike.

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

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#11 posted 04-23-2013 04:17 PM

Great box Martyn.

I like how you stopped the pattern on the side.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#12 posted 04-23-2013 05:16 PM

as always your designs and execution are amazing. This one has me wondering if you have ever made one similar to this but with the effect of different colors of paint dripping from the top down onto the sides. Making soft, non-geometric shapes might not lend itself to the technique but something organic like that could be very interesting.

-- you may only live once, but if you do it right that's all you need

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#13 posted 04-23-2013 05:26 PM

Exelent work as always

-- Dreaming patterns

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#14 posted 04-23-2013 06:41 PM

Martyn: As always you are always raising the bar with another wonderful design. You could put all your designs in a picture book.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#15 posted 04-23-2013 07:24 PM

I saw a documentary recently about the Eames’s recently,
“Eames: The Architect & The Painter”. Pretty interesting.
I recommend it.

Nice box.


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