Stack was designed with the urban dweller in mind. It seeks to address the problems that come from frequent moving and needs for adaptable storage and lifestyle. It is easy to assemble, and disassembles into three compact parts. The frame of the desk allows for modifications by the end user to suit their personal preferences.
There are hooks for apparel and the users accessories can be moved around the different rail structures of the desk. The base of the desk is open to modular storage components such as the Stack book box. These components are stack-able and easy to carry. Stack is easy to assemble or disassemble within minutes for those with changing living and working spaces. It is mobile, functional, and elegant all at once.
Bark was inspired by the dark exterior and light interior of tree leaves. Inspired by the glow of leaves and sunlight I set out to create a light that expressed this relationship. I used dyed oak and cherry veneer to mimic the relationship between the top and bottom of leaves. The veneers were combined using bent wood lamination, and then cut into organic shapes. These forms reflect the uniqueness of each leaf.
Creating Bark involved experimenting with form. To do this I drew on the process of bent wood lamination. This allowed for quick creation of multiples, and gave me plenty of material to experiment with through machine and hand shaping techniques. To laminate the sections I cut strips of veneer to size, glued them up, and pressed them in a custom jig. Each lamination was hand scraped, cut on the band-saw, and finished by hand to create unique organic forms.
Bark opens to allow the owner to experiment and augment the luminescence of the cherry and oak veneer. The process of creating Bark allowed me to experiment with open ended methods for form creation, and to reflect on the relationship between light and material.
On my families property in New Hampshire there is a 200 year old dump site. One summer while digging through the artifacts I pulled out a buried carriage axle. Immediately upon discovering the 100 pound piece of iron I knew I needed to create a piece that put this historical gem as the centerpiece.
I created an entryway table that honors the form of this relic, while providing stability and function. I chose colors and materials that correspond to the NH environment and aesthetic.
What would you send someone to change their mind? Prop Box is a discursive object aimed at giving a North Korean citizen a sense of the outside world, so as to plant the seeds of rebellion. The project was conceived during a sponsored studio at RISD where our class was challenged to reengage the public on issues of nuclear security. The project addresses issues of total disarmament, imperial intervention, consumer enjoyment, and globalization.
Prop box was featured at The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty at 20 at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in May 2016, and in Vernacular Spectacular at the Gelman Gallery from November - February 2017.
Since 2013 I have been documenting flora and fauna as a side hobby. It is something I enjoy but have never found a meaningful way to incorporate it into my design practice. In 2016 I began augmenting images that I had taken, and started a process of turning something digital into a physical object. I focused on this picture of dead wood to highlight the process of taking something dead and giving it new life through digital and physical creations.
Once I had augmented the photo to a point where I could define its’ form and gesture, I drew lines onto it to highlight these qualities. From these lines I created sections that would contribute to the ultimate shape. These sections were then laser cut in clear acrylic, and a base was created to accentuate the luminescent qualities of the acrylic.
This process allowed me to take something dead and documented in a flat form, and transform it into something vibrant and multidimensional. Completing this project offered me insights into my own design process, and my interest in the relationship between documentation, transformation, and digital processes.