Two furniture pieces made to explore manufacturing methods and materials in new ways. The lounge chair is made using cork back and seat pans, creating a composite block from several sheets that were then CNC machined into shape. The cork provides cushion and comfort like a firm foam while being more sustainable thanks to the biodegradable and regenerative nature of cork and how it is harvested. The design is inspired by classic bent plywood Eames chairs with two bent plywood curves on the back that were made through gluing and vacuum-forming several layers together. Lastly, the legs and seat plan are made from soft maple and shaped at an angle to continue the relaxed posture of the chair.

The cherry ottoman table was designed to encourage was designed to encourage sitting side-by-side and enjoying a view or a show together, inspired by the French quote by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry that “love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking outward in the same direction.” Produced from one 11-foot board of cherry, the wood grain wraps around from one side to the top to the next using angled dado joints and a suspender to hold everything in place. The bottom holds a cushion that was also made specifically for the table and allows the owners to but their feet up, place magazines inside, or create a home for their cat.

Key Skills:

  • Ergonomics
  • Design for Manufacturing and Assembly
  • Semantics of Form and Material

Tools Used:

  • SolidWorks
  • Various Manual Woodshop Tools
  • CNC Machining

Cork Lounge Chair

Cherry Ottoman Table

Process Images

SolidWorks technical drawing
Vacuum forming laminated plywood sheets
CNC machining composite cork blocks
All formed pieces before assembly
Chair bottom with legs assembled
Assembly of soft maple legs and back
Assembled chair before wood plugs and lacquer

11' cherry board used to construct the table
Gluing panel halves together after jointing and planing
Biscuit holes cut into the center board edges
Assembled outer boards after angled dado joints
Assembled table before finishing
Table after the first linseed oil coat, before cushion added