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The cart is a simple construction of wood and steel; it features a series of elements that support the tasks of the print shop. The

constraints

of

the

project,

eclectic nature of the site,

the

and the form

of the cart allow for a large diversity of

potential

material

configurations.

Its construction will create a powerful synthesis of different materials, textures, and finishes that resonate together and offer glimpses at the future materials of the print shop.


An investigation into a variety of wood types: hardwoods for the legs and softer woods for the surfaces; is inspired by mid-century danish design. The wood is juxtaposed with metal to support the industrial aesthetic of the press room. The search for material resonace necessitates a palette for experimention: steel strap, bent steel sheet, aluminum plate, cypress, redwood, oak (white and red), walnut, mahogany, alder, plywood, oriented strand board (OSB), and medium density fiberboard (MDF). The following pages show the compositions and ideas that have emerged from the material study.


whitened redwood aluminum sheet blue steel

whitened redwood aluminum sheet red oak blue steel

oixidized redwood aluminum sheet blue steel

oixidized redwood aluminum sheet red oak blue steel


whitened redwood aluminum sheet alder blue steel

whitened redwood aluminum sheet mahogany blue steel

oixidized redwood aluminum sheet alder blue steel

oixidized redwood aluminum sheet mahogany blue steel


yellow cypress aluminum sheet blue steel

yellow cypress aluminum sheet red oak blue steel

aluminum x 2 blue steel

aluminum x 2 red oak blue steel


yellow cypress aluminum sheet alder blue steel

yellow cypress aluminum sheet mahogany blue steel

aluminum x 2 alder blue steel

aluminum x 2 mahogany blue steel


Next, 1:1 material experimentation with hardwood, whitewashed redwood, and blacklacquered composites formed a final palette for the legs, the top surface, and the shelf respectively. Utilizing steel and aluminum as constants, the experimentation achieved a material composition with both a powerful internal resonance and external respect for the print shop.


whitewash stain: a redwood surface reflects the sky, shown top to bottom: 4 3 2 1

coats coats coats coat


hardwood legs point the cart, shown top to bottom: stained red oak walnut khaya mahogany honduran mahogany


a dark shelf grounds the base, shown top to bottom: OSB sanded ply red oak MDF


The cart is a simple construction of walnut and steel, which supports a whitewashed redwood surface and flip-up aluminum extension. Structure and surface are complimented by a rose-colored trough and a glossy black shelf.


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