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Forum topic by JeffP posted 09-16-2015 12:30 PM 1155 views 0 times favorited 26 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-16-2015 12:30 PM

Topic tags/keywords: modern question

This just flew across my radar on a non-woodworking site I frequent.

I find it to be cool on a nerdy level (the guy basically did some chemistry to develop the different stain colors)...

...but I also find the design unpleasing somehow.

I just can’t figure out why? I normally like designs that get described as “modern”. ( a rather self-serving and often meaningless appellation )

Hoping to get some opinions here on:
1) does it look “modern”
2) does it look “esthetic”
3) if it fails on either 1 or 2, what is it about the design that leaves you wanting

-- Last week I finally got my $*i# together. Unfortunately, it was in my shop, so I will probably never find it again.

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#1 posted 09-16-2015 12:46 PM

I hate it. One thing that really stands out to me is that it is too tall for it’s foot print, it just feels out of proportion.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#2 posted 09-16-2015 12:50 PM

I hate it. One thing that really stands out to me is that it is too tall for it s foot print, it just feels out of proportion.

- bondogaposis


Also looks to me like the way it is constructed would inevitably lead to it sagging to one side. Nothing to prevent racking.

-- Last week I finally got my $*i# together. Unfortunately, it was in my shop, so I will probably never find it again.

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#3 posted 09-16-2015 01:56 PM

Different strokes for diff folks, but to me it’s butt ugly.

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#4 posted 09-16-2015 02:27 PM

It’s definitely “modern”, but I do not find it aesthetically pleasing, either. Looks like it was designed by a computer instead of a person. Proportions are poor with only straight lines and square corners and wood that is very “blah”. Leaves a very sterile and boring look, IMHO.

I realize the interest is supposed to be in the graduated drawer sizes and colors, but it’s not enough to catch someone’s eye in the final execution. Simply making the side metal frame uprights angled a bit so they are closer at the top than the bottom would go a long ways. Another easy add would be cutouts on the top &/or bottom edge of the drawers to serve as pulls and add interest.

-- "Good judgement is the result of experience. A lot of experience is the result of poor judgement."

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#5 posted 09-16-2015 02:42 PM

I think it has potential ,could be used in a utility room or in the corner of a messy garage as a storage rack.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#6 posted 09-16-2015 02:44 PM

Some sides and some drawer fronts would do wonders!

Looks like their trying to hard to be different, just misses the mark for me.
Seems like the big WOW is that he did the color with “chemistry”
As far as the chemistry goes…big deal, color is color. I could do the same thing with tar and mineral spirits.

(Some rich guy will probably pay 8,000 for it though.)

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#7 posted 09-16-2015 03:08 PM

I like the color shading – The design ….. No!

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#8 posted 09-16-2015 03:21 PM

Looks (and from the tannic acid reference, sounds) like an experiment in tonal gradient using ebonizing techniques.
Sometimes when a designer is focused on one aspect, the tones here, he may lose track of the other design components. I’ll give him a break and say that is what happened ….. to make it so unappealing.
To me it lacks a ot but mostly it lacks balance.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#9 posted 09-16-2015 04:01 PM

I agree with Bondo and all. My wife says the varying colors are interesting. There’s no accounting for taste is there?

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#10 posted 09-16-2015 04:33 PM

I believe the whole Idea is to showcase the tonal values,using a functional object. OMG I sound like a gallery owner!
On the other hand,I really like it,and it gets some Ideas flowing.
As Far as the tonal technique,It’s just a basic vinegar,steel wool,rusty nails.I wonder what citric acid instead of vinegar would do.

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#11 posted 09-16-2015 05:52 PM

I wonder if we are looking at the back side or the right side of it? It appears to have a steel frame (possibly welded) so I doubt that racking will be an issue. And I’d like to get a better view of what he did with the drawers. Does each drawer have it’s own closed top? Or is each one open at the top? It kinda looks like each drawer has a small lip hanging below the bottom for a pull.

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#12 posted 09-16-2015 06:43 PM

Yeah, Dawg you do!

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#13 posted 09-16-2015 07:35 PM

2 things…

I’ll go against the grain and give it a thumbs up.

Second, I recently saw stairs paint in a gradient. The top was sky blue and each step down got darker blue. Is this a new design fad?

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#14 posted 09-16-2015 07:36 PM

I wish I could say something nice about it.. The color change is cool I guess, but I would not want it in my house.

-- Brian Noel

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#15 posted 09-16-2015 07:54 PM

I rather like it! Looks like it would be great tool storage for out in the garage :)


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