The project came about from my work for Readymade Magazine and my "Block Party" furniture pieces. The client needed a wall build out for their A/V and books. We wanted to grab the entire wall with a graphical design. I suggested a design encompassing a series of separate boxes that would stack on top of each other so one could use the negative and positive for storage. The variety of shapes made me think of a "sampler" quilt along with the Disney Land ride "It's a Small World", one friend said it reminded him of "Fractured Fairy Tales"
The other design parameter was to use as much recycled material as possible. All the drawers and fronts were found on the street. Living in a college town, lots of furniture turns up so it seemed when I needed to find drawers, I'd see castaway dressers everywhere. About 80% of the material to build the boxes was made from "drop" or left over material from my shop.
Here is the final drawing I presented to the client. There were 8 total versions to get to this final one.
Laser Cut Fronts:
These shapes were drawn at full scale and then cut by a laser. The laser will allow sharper inside cuts than a CNC router, so for the repeating pattern door I wanted a sharp inside cut and not a rounded over one.
First Test Stack in Shop:
During fabrication of all the boxes it's just about making all the sizes needed. So finally after spray finishing I could stack the parts to see the build up as shown on the drawing. This is probably the most fun part of the project, since up to this point it's still really just on paper in my mind.
This shot was taken just after the light boxes were wired. All the boxes are attached to each other and the wall too so it is extremely secure, but it still maintains a casually stacked feeling.