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Saltworks Chair


Saltworks Dining Chair

Spring 2014

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Saltworks Chair


Saltworks Dining Chair

Spring 2014

Brief

Saltworks is a company in Syracuse, New York that creates "Artisan furniture and home accessories crafted from reclaimed materials by neighborhood residents to build a stronger, more sustainable community." In the spring of 2014 the company partnered with a furniture and lighting workshop, taught at Syracuse University, to explore future seating and lighting designs.

 

Commercial businesses were the Target Consumers Saltworks identified For this Project.


 

1st prototype

Based on our clients design aesthetic and tendency to reference the material's former use, I focused on a design that would emphasize it's joinery and be formally composed of hard and clean lines. The joint work is all done on a dado sled jig designed to cut mortise and tenon joints. Overall this design has and advantage of using the smallest cuts of salvaged wood rather than the large planks. 

 
 

Process Gallery

One challenge I ran into over the course of the project was making sure I kept my material thickness to a minimum. The other two prototypes that I made in our source material helped me figure out the thickness could be around .75".

 
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Saltworks Lamp


Saltworks Lamp

Spring 2014

Saltworks Lamp


Saltworks Lamp

Spring 2014


For my lighting design I drew influence from Japanese shoji screens and structural beams. I planned to diffuse the light with slats layered around a frame with heavy emphasis on the joint work. The frame is made up of eight parts and is strong enough to hold upward of 150lbs (as a demonstration of its structural strength) and the screen is made up of over 200 laminated 1/8th inch thick pieces that are not glued together. While being incredibly labor intense, the final result is an eye catching piece of work and homage to the material's former use as load bearing structure in an industrial facility. 


Process