There’s a great article in the June ’08 issue of Azure pertaining to the Radiant Dark exhibition back in Februrary. There were more than 40 beautiful pieces on display at the show, so it was nice to be one of few mentioned in this article. Thanks Katie.
Recently, I was forwarded an interesting link, The Story of Stuff. This short video describes the archaic process in which the vast majority of our consumer products are made. It is very insightful and easy to follow. I encourage anyone reading this blog to take 20 minutes to watch it…..go ahead I’ll wait………….
So any of you who did watch the movie may ask; how is 608 any different than the model described in this clip. Well, it can be broken down into the following categories.
Extraction – 608 uses plywood from managed forests, recycle and natural content materials. The materials used are from primarily domestic sources and controlled within a small system.
Production – Computer engineering software enables us to achieve maximum efficiency with the materials we use. Controlling waste and reducing the amount of chemicals additives in products is key. By limiting the range of materials in a product, we make it easier to dismantle, which makes it easier to recycle.
Distribution – Dealing with local suppliers and vendors help fuel the local economy and cut down on energy consumption. For example; with local deliveries, products are blanked wrapped to eliminate packaging.
Consumption – 608 focuses on simple and effective design. our multi-functional products are elegant and built to last. By combining functionality, modularity and durability into these goods, it is our aim to offer lasting furniture, not the latest disposable trend.
Disposal – In the case of damaged components, parts can be ordered and easily replaced. As the business grows, future plans include reclaiming unwanted goods and refurbishing them to new.
We think of our products as part of a system. The term “Cradle to Cradle” describes a process in which products are built responsibly, made and sold locally, with the intention to be re-purposed in a continuous cycle.
Here it is, the first Juxt table….and its huge. Aesthetically, this table turned out just how I had envisioned and now as a prototype its obvious this is one larger coffee table. The next prototype will reflect the same design but smaller; to the point where two tables are created from one sheet of 4×8 plywood instead of one table.
Juxt will debut at the Swell Future Friendly Design Exhibit in Vancouver BC. Seven furniture designers were chosen to show their works and I’m excited to be one of them. Big thanks to the curators of the Swell, Propellor Design, for working out all the details.Key feature for Juxt are: subtle lines, modularity, easily customized/scaled, FSC plywood, high material yield. This may be added to the regular line; more details will follow at that time.As always, your comments are encouraged.
I’m currently working on some table concepts similar in construction to the Acote table. Feel free to comment on the design of my latest – JuxtSlender contours and optmized material yield are key features of this table. One solid wood table + extra parts per 4×8 sheet at 38W x 16H x 28D. Custom changes to lengths and widths are easily made as are possiblities of creating new centre table tops to suite a variety of needs (magazine version shown). Considering its versatity, components are also field replaceable and partial to flat pack shipping. FSC 18mm Birch ply (or other non-UF plywoods) glued and doweled with a clear water based finish, 1/4″ glass lid with colour tint options and standard fastners for assembly.
E-journal Value Created Review features 608 in an article regarding Canada’s emerging designers. I have always held VCR in high regard due to its indepth research of sustainable design and manufacturing for small companies. VCR cuts through the “greenwash” and delivers hard data that will help shape the next generation of responsible manufacturing in Canada.
For nearly two weeks MADE put on an incredible exhibition of Canadian designed products titled Radiant Dark. I was overjoyed to have participated in the show and to have met so many amazing people. Owners of MADE Shaun and Julie invested a lot of time and effort into this project and its shows. From an internal viewpoint, there’s a strong sense of community forming around these two. Its a forum where designers can share, learn and help one another succeed as independent makers.
First blog entry and intro to my exploits in the realm of furniture design and manufacturing. Its been four years in the making; well worth all the long nights and time invested.
My goal is to record the trials and tribulations of an independent designer searching for new ways to create products responsibly.