Borrowed from the traditional woodworking, the dovetail technique is re-celebrated in this design. The structure applies to different furniture such as stools and tables. The form of the object has been extremely simplified, to a point where its nature is strongly self-stated, and the beauty humbly presented.
This design emerged from my hands, and it was an outcome of a long process of material and structure study.
The form borrows the dovetail technique from the traditional woodworking crafts, but celebrates it in a most simple way: two acute cut surface meet together and formed a dovetail, and another surface takes the dovetail locking the whole system down.
The volume matters. From the models to a real scale furniture, tests were made to figure out the right amount of material volume, to construct a reliable joint that extend stability to the entire object.
Plywood is a happy accident. The original idea was solid wood, and the grain contrast would emphasis the joint. However, the plywood mock-up surprisingly brought great beauty of its unique texture. The layers joined together and flow like a water fall at the dovetail, and this detail stands out from the plain texture of surfaces. All the edges of plywood are exposed, revealing its nature and speaking together for the form.
As furniture pieces, the stools and table are designed to be easily assembled and disassembled as well. The experience of interacting with furniture is always a vital aspect I value, so I kept this as an important part of the whole design.
Is a very beautiful use of wood production. Two different techniques that show off the details, and also how to build that object.