The Refurnish Project aims to address space and resource conscious furniture for the urban home through the principles of modularity, flat-pack design, and multipurpose.
Each piece was made with one standard 4’x8’ sheet of ¾” Birch Plywood, wood glue for the stools and rope for the table.
Space is a valuable resource and single-use objects are now obsolete. Our smart devices have absorbed the function of their peripherals but the rest of our designed objects (including furniture) have yet to catch up.
Due to the rising cost of living, as well as changes in consumer behavior, the average new apartment has decreased in size in the last 6 years:
988 sq/ft in 2009
917 sq/ft in 2016. ¹
The short coffee table was designed specifically to add usable workspace to my apartment. It sits lower than a standard coffee table, allowing maximum use from a seated position on the floor. It was produced by hand using a table saw and bandsaw (in lieu of a more appropriate mill).
The wooden legs are held on the table top with a tensioned rope. The whole piece is designed to be set up and taken down in under five minutes, laying flat to be stored behind a door and freeing space in the center of the room.
The wooden stools are each milled from a standard sheet of birch plywood using a CNC mill. The subsequent pieces were wood glued together. In their upright position the 32’ inch pieces operated as bar stools with the various bars in the hexagonal form serving as footrests.
Placed on their side, the stools can be stacked and used as a multi-use shelf for books or shoes. This multi-use ensures that the stools never take up space without providing function.
Under the self-imposed constraint of one sheet of wood per piece, I sketched out possible forms for each piece. I then quickly prototyped the pieces in dollar tree foam before producing each project in CAD to test joinery and construction.
I believe that all of our designed objects and furnishings can effectively balance multipurpose and functionality, technological or not.