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FURNITURE DESIGN

MODULE

SPRING 2018

MODULE is a Super Normal stool that emphasizes on a stool's essential features. The form is elemental, with a hint of sleekness from its subtle curves. An arc from the base is split and elevated to serve as a footrest. The stool is finished with a black chrome powder coat for an edgy look.

DESIGN

Inspiration

I wanted to design a stool that has the reminiscence of a “Super Normal” metal stool, but with eminent details that make it unique. The ring that connects all four legs on a typical round metal stool was a feature that stood out to me most, therefore I opted to remodel it in a way that further accentuates its purpose of being a footrest. 

 

Photo: Herman Miller’s Magis Déjà-vu Stool designed by Naoto Fukusawa.

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Details

Design details include a slight curve in the two front legs. An arc from the base is split and elevated to serve as a footrest. The base connects the four legs for structure and wholesome look.

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DESIGN PROCESS

Ideation

I made rough sketches and wire models to iterate my design.

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CAD

I made a 3D model of the finalized design in Rhino. The model was used for construction by exporting orthographic drawings.

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FABRICATION PROCESS

Rolling Steel Rods

I rolled 3/8" steel rods and printed out 1:1 scale orthographic drawings to ensure the right curvature.

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Creating Jigs

To ensure accuracy for welding, I created wooden jigs with the help of 1:1 scale orthographic drawings.

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Welding

Using the rolled steel rods and jigs created, I welded the stool together. I also welded pieces of steel sheets that I’ve cut for seat tabs.

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Finishing

I filled in gaps with compound, hand sanded and sandblasted the stool before sending it off to be powder coated.

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Upholstery

I cut out the seat’s diameter on masonite and used uphosltery foam, batting, and fabric to create the stool's top.

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