The power of the built world

Note:  this is not my design, nor do I know who the designer is.  I am talking about this because it is a great example of the power of the built environment.


As any designer will admit to, I was doing some research the other day and I started looking at modern fence ideas.  Fences are really cool because they are often overlooked, but like all overlooked things, a well designed fence adds an additional level of WOW factor to a project.  This fence project, however, stood out to me a lot more than all the cool minimalistic/clean lined fences because it accomplishes a very unique goal.  It is a dividing element, yet it is spatial at the same time.  In essence, it can be considered a piece of furniture, but it is so much more than just that.  Often times, we set out to design pieces based on our preconceived labels we assign to objects.  The beauty of furniture and other smaller scale projects is that they have the power to function as both a functional object in space and define the space that they encompass.  This is what sweedenDesigns is all about; thank you for your time, and finalized images of my new table and contextual photos of my first table will be posted shortly!




Process images of small coffee table

Sorry for the delay!  Between studio review and poor shop hours/no selection of tools, progress has been rather slow.  Finally, however, I am at a place where I can start sharing some images of my newest design.  This table will measure 33″ L x 26″ W x 16″ H.  It is a really nice size table for a small modern living room because it doesn’t take up too much space, but yet it is a gorgeous piece.  I really like the detail of the crack on the top where the hole open through on the side.  The shape of the wood is interesting, and I really like being able to see through it.




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This is a great resource for furniture makers of all kinds.  I feel that there is no detail more beautiful than a butterfly joint holding together a cracked piece of wood.  When I finish with the set of tables I am working on, I will definitely need to look for a piece of wood that requires this type of detail.  I thought about doing  butterflies on the slab coffee table that I just finished, but the cracks went all the way through the slab, and I made a decision to go with the steel/mechanical design aesthetic.  I am excited to start working more with wood because it is so expressive and unique.



From the 7′ cypress slab I started with, I still have a lot of material left over!  What this means is that in the next weeks, I will be designing and building a smaller, complementary table and a side table.  I am very excited to share my designs, so stay posted.



Finalized photos of Cypress Slab coffee table


Dimensions:  27″-37″ W 45″ L 16″ H

Materiality: Cypress Slab (3″ thick), Steel flatbar (3″ x 1/4″)

Wood Finish: 3 coats of linseed oil and paste finishing wax

Steel Finish: First I washed the steel with paint thinner to remove any corrosion, then I primed and painted the steel.

Cost: $1100 plus shipping (however local shipping is free from Paso Robles to Santa Maria)

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