A modern heirloom.
As a custodian of culture, the designer’s mandate requires focused attention towards creating work that stands the test of time by endearing users to the work itself. Minding this mission, the core drivers of the furniture design process for the Wedged Walnut Cabinet include the call to “bring back the heirloom,” the celebration of quality materials that delight both the eye and the hand, and the respect of the hardwood.
The dramatic grain of the solid walnut sourced for this piece builds visual complexity, especially as multiple boards are joined together. This complexity, juxtaposed with the clean lines and orthogonal organization of the piece, helps to form the visual balance of the Wedged Walnut Cabinet.
A finish friendly to the planet and the user.
All walnut surfaces are rubbed with a natural wood finish comprised of linseed oil, tung oil, beeswax, pine resin, and orange oil. Domestically produced and without any petroleum products or heavy metal dryers, the finish leaves the piece and the surrounding area smelling of citrus after each application, rather than of harsh chemicals. This is of particular importance for an oil-finished piece of furniture, as it will require reconditioning over time.
A hint of color.
The MDF core is painted pale blue to minimize the visual dominance of the core within the overall composition, while maintaining adequate contrast with the naturally finished walnut.
A rare wood joint for a specific need.
One of the smallest and most difficult details to design and construct was at the intersection of the vertical grain side and back panels of the keystone box in a tight, notched corner. Creating and building this joint, which maintains grain orientation integrity with the other discrete walnut elements of the piece, while avoiding trapping the wood, was crucial to the success of the project.
Dry-fit, like a glove.
Since the horizontal members of the base cabinet wedge into the MDF core and sit directly on it, paint and wood finish had to be applied with precision prior to assembly, or the elements of the piece would fail to fit together as a whole.
Hardware as a design element.
Other than six hidden screws securing the horizontal and vertical wings of the core, all of the hardware is exposed and aesthetically and structurally relevant to the design.
Designing for a 360° experience.
The Wedged Walnut Cabinet is designed to be viewed from any side, with no one side having lesser aesthetic value. Thus, it is not limited to a position against a wall, but instead is best admired in the center of a room.
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Wedged Walnut Cabinet: The Build
A peek behind-the-scenes into the wood shop for the heirloom furniture build process of the Wedged Walnut Cabinet, a one-off piece of designer furniture.
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