This project introduced me to methodologies for the generation of additive geometrical construction and form that exhibits rudimentary functionality and is informed by a pre-determined set of criteria. Through critical observation and experimentation, I generated three-dimensional solid wooden forms that demonstrate a hierarchical structure of planar surfaces at right angles in a well balanced composition. I began by selecting a book to serve as a key formal element from which I composed the stool structure. I incorporated the geometry of the physical book, “Grimm’s Fairy Tales,” and the essence of the stories within.
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I designed and constructed a rectilinear form that has five planar components from a 10” x 60” x 1” piece of poplar. The five planes consist of four wooded boards and a book. The five planes exhibit proportional relationships to each other, and support the weight of an average adult. I used the table saw, band saw, jointer, surface planer, and sanders to create components that have flat surfaces perpendicular to each other. I used interlocking joinery and mechanical fasteners to join the components of my stool. In completing this project I learned some basic approaches to form-giving and I learned how to express my ideas through isometric and orthographic drawings. Studies of the different sitting positions and research into comfort zones, pain points, and balance issues helped inform my final design. Other utility, comfort, and structural integrity considerations surfaced throughout the design process. It was important for me to communicate how the form was to be used and how it provides an interface with the human body though visual cues.