Adaptable Furniture

From January 2003 to December 2004, I took courses in the Bachelor of Fine Art degree program at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design. My primary output during this period was a pair of adaptable furniture designs constructed from birch plywood. The components of Eight Shades of Maple, shown below, are connected with elastic cords concealed in manufactured grooves, facilitating its manipulation from bed to table to bench. It was exhibited from September 4-14, 2003 as part of an ECIAD show entitled Valid Furniture.

The components of Eight Panel Table feature a rigid foam core for lightness, and are vacuum-bag constructed from seventeen individual wood parts. The hinges between each pair of panels permit a full 180 degree rotation, allowing the piece to be expanded from 1m x 1m x 0.2m to a table for eight people.

Both prototypes have proven their utility and durability during three years of user testing.