|Project by Byron||posted 08-17-2013 01:38 PM||3896 views||23 times favorited||22 comments|
This stool was designed based off a brief from Thomas Moser during my last quarter at RIT.
In collaboration with Thos. Moser Cabinetmakers, students from the Furniture Design Program at the School for American Crafts at Rochester Institute of Technology were challenged to design and propose a stool that embodies the Thos. Moser aesthetic, while expressing the unique perspective of the designer. Qualities considered critical to the design’s success and neccessary to align with the Thos. Moser brand include: dedication to quality, commitment to function, formal simplicity, use + celebration of natural materials, and an emphasis on craftsmanship. The design should illustrate a clear understanding of the standard manufacturing practices of Thos. Moser and the solution should employ construction techniques synonomous with the Moser vernacular.
Included in this was a requirement to design a stool available at three different heights without needing different parts for each height. Basically the legs could just be cut where needed.
Typically chairs have a back rest fastened to the back rail. I chose to eliminate this and merge them into one, increasing its strength. The shaping of the seat creates a beautiful pattern to appear in the grain, showcasing the natural beauty of wood. This stool is also very comfortable!
The bridals for the back rest were cut on a multi-router after the initial shaping, everything was based of these joints.
A lamination for a back leg, I use epoxy for these
We were able to use the engineers 3D printer for models
Still doing some fitting, everything is still in the square
Laying out the last of the joinery on the rear legs
It’s finally shedding! The joinery is done and I can shape everything
All the parts!
Thanks for reading!!
-- Byron Conn, Woodworking/Furniture Design at Rochester Institute of Technology, http://byronconn.com