52 Designs: A Wendell Castle Stool
It’s work I want to put in: creating a design each week for the next year. Or, thereabouts anyway. I’m fairly certain (100%) that I won’t meet one every week, but that is the average goal. Furniture design is an art and a skill and definitely something the more I practice, the better I’ll become. So, here goes.
I was visiting the Boston MFA, which is about ginormous, and came across quite a few chairs and benches donated and made by contemporary artisans that are part of the collection – but you can also sit in them! How cool. I was immediately drawn to this Wendell Castle chair and my wife also loved it. We’ve been looking for chairs for the head and foot of our dining room table and both agree something similar to these would be great! So, that is one goal I now have.
I’ve never built anything quite like this yet – and so I’m thinking about tackling a small stool in the style: stacked lamination with smooth curves.
So – this is my very initial draft at an idea. I’m sorry for the plan views, but it’s the easiest way for me to draw. When I design, I end up picturing the 3d model in my head a lot (usually with closed eyes so I don’t have a crazy blank stare for minutes at a time). I’ll try to get better at 3d drawing – in the meantime you’ll have to get better at picturing 3d from plan views.
I already don’t like quite a lot about this one – but that’s OK. It was an initial attempt at something. I’ll go back to the original and digest more what I love about it – and do an iteration or a new attempt at a next design.
Update: I’ve added a 3d sketch.