industrial design

Cabinet Concepts in 3D

Many times in design the initial concept isn't exactly what becomes the final. In some cases there are minor tweaks, and in others it's a major overhaul. Either way a lot of work goes into each concept even if it's not produced or chosen as the final. Here is an example of a built-in cabinet concept I designed in CAD as a "proof of concept." This was designed based on existing cabinets that were purchased at the Habitat Restore. They would provide a ton of storage along a blank wall while transforming existing bifold doors into sleek, space-saving barn style sliding doors that would disappear behind the cabinets. 

Here is a video of the cabinet parts and assembly. This is by no means a finished render, but I thought it was fun to show nonetheless! 

 

And here is a video of all the moving parts, the sliding doors and cabinets that open. These are my first YouTube videos ever, and I still have to figure out why the video is blurry the first few seconds and not centered on the preview....

Anyway, once installed they would need to be painted to match the room. One option is to paint the cabinets the same color as the trim, which is a glossy white. This would make the cabinets stand out in the room and blend in with the door and moldings. Below is a section view of the room showing the span of cabinets and a part of the wall on each side.

 

A second option (and what I would recommend for this particular space) is to "paint out" the cabinets the same color as the wall so the cabinets actually blend into the wall and become a subtle architectural detail. Then the door and molding would stand out as a more detailed deep entry into the next room. 

So what do you think of this built-in cabinet concept? Do you have other custom cabinet needs or ideas?Would love to hear!

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Bright Ideas from ICFF: Part 2 of 2

It's been a busy week wrapping up projects and "thinking" about packing for our vacation (although I haven't actually started packing yet :) We are excited for a little time off! Before I go I wanted to send out my second post about lighting from the ICFF. (first one here). There's some really great ideas, what do you think?! You can click on the titles of each section for links to learn more. 

David D'Imperio Lighting

Very eye catching designs with lots of pattern and geometry. My hands down favorite was the entire linear suspension line. So unique and beautiful. Technical and fluid at the same time, all around a great design.

Crystalmeth faceted design

Ozone

I also liked this drum pendant design

Diadema

Serip Organic Lighting

Portugal based lighting designs, organic here meaning looking natural (not made with "organic" materials) with it's branch-like tentacles grabbing onto glass droplets. Together this creates a very sculptural & unique lighting fixture.

Aqua

Nenufar

Bespoke Global

Well with a name like and a website full of interesting and unique projects it sounds like they can make anything custom. Here are two of my favorite lighting designs they had.

Tubular Light

Virus Lights

Bright Ideas from ICFF: Part 1 of 2

Where is the time going?!? I can't believe tomorrow will be August already! I have spent the past few weeks organizing the last bit of ICFF information I collected and so I'm ready to send out my last few product round ups! I wanted to send lighting next since I've been thinking about a few design projects that involve lighting. It's always great to see what new stuff is out there! Here is the first post of two.

Apparatus

Vintage aged brass, etched glass, porcelain, one of a kind. I like the clustered look of the light below.

Cloud

The open and minimal look of this one.

Highwire

And the teardrop shaped bulbs on this one...

Triad with exclusive matte white bulbs and hand cast porcelain

Marset

Barcelona based design firm has come up with a line of outdoor lighting with innovative combinations of materials, like the Txl lamp below. I like that you can bring the inside "out" with these, they look like normal living room lamps.

Txl outdoor lighting

I like the combination of materials in this floating shade concept.

Mercer table lamp

And this lamp is designed to play with light and shadow with it's narrow slits.

Handmade Hardware : ICFF

The hardware is often used as the jewelry of the room, as I talked about in this post. These designs are very industrial and sculptural at once. Combining the hard metal with custom shapes and hand carved details and you get something very personal indeed!

I have included links to each of the products below but for some reason they aren't showing up in their normal green and are gray instead. So if you'd like to know more info just hover your mouse over the italicized words below each picture and you'll find the links there.


Olson Kundig Architects

Another integrated design: Peek sliding door pull


Phillip Watts Design

This company from across the pond designs and manufactures custom hardware and various commission works. For their full portfolio you can take a look through their website here:http://www.philipwattsdesign.com/  Here are a few of my favorites, starting with these porthole designs. 

The thing I found most interesting about these designs is they are DDA Compliant - which are requirements set in the UK for the Disability Discrimination Act. Imagine being in a wheelchair and not knowing what's behind the door before you open it? Some doors have a window on the top but these portholes allow easy and stylish views for everyone of all different ability levels. Some of their design also offer a perimeter handle that allow for easy opening anywhere. 

Sculptural Handrails & Handles

ICFF KITCHEN & BATH: Part 2

Phew it really feels like summer here in the northeast...  it's been kind of refreshing to look at all these water related designs! Here are some more beautiful fixtures and hardware design from the ICFF, as a follow up from my previous post.

Blu Bathworks

Now I remember some of the photos I lost during my computer transition.... I took photos of their booth during ICFF because I liked how they showcased their sinks with engravings and colors. These screen shots from their brochure and website will have to substitute!

Blu Bathworks ICFF booth 2013

Blu-stone bathtub with engraving along the sides.

Colorful lime green tub made from proprietary blu-stone

Rohl

Handcrafted sinks from Shaws of Darwen in partner with Rohl.

Rohl offers a line of water filtration options (for information on how it works click here), this one shown in an inca brass finish.

Graff

Headquartered in Milwaukee with locations throughout the world, they provide modern bath fixtures for the industry. I found it impressive that during manufacturing they created a zero discharge system and they recycle 100% of their brass and paper products so just about everything they create is either recycled or recovered. Bravo Graff!

Here is my favorite of their from the show - their new Ametis line. This is definitely a stand out design and I love the LED light around the toggle... so technical looking and not your typical bath fixture. I had a hard time finding more information (and pictures!) but I hope the LED changes with the water temperature. I photographed their catalog so apologies for not having the most clarity!