howard

I have a lot of clients who are engineers – maybe my technology background has something to do with that; but even amongst engineers, rocket scientists are incredibly detailed, and projects typically start with a long list of functional specifics. Put an artist wife with impeccable taste into the mix and things get really interesting.

This space functions as both an office and a media room, and it was already furnished with some beautiful Eames loungers, setting the design bar pretty high. I made a 3D model of the whole room, and after a few iterations, we hit on a solution that worked for everyone.

Modern handmade furniture from mooi.la
The requirements were for lots of storage, including a file drawer, and surfaces of various materials, at very specific heights, for the computer and keyboard, the tv, and for writing by hand.

The perfect heights for the desk and TV were achieved by stacking two horizontal planes: a maple surface for the desk and laminate for the media console. I used the extra space in the taller cabinet to hide a flip-up writing surface.

Modern handmade furniture from mooi.la
It folds up and out on a parallel system and locks into place a little over an inch above the desk height. When the note taking is over, it slides neatly back into the drawer, revealing a pencil tray made from waxed white oak and walnut.

Howard wanted a hard surface to write on, so I banded the front edge with walnut to make it more comfortable to use.

Modern handmade furniture from mooi.la
The tiered design gave me the classic “dead corner” problem, so I built these internal drawers that slide out sideways making the entire space easily accessible.

Modern hand made furniture from mooi.la

Modern handmade furniture from mooi.la
The big drawer got the same treatment. Zero dead space.

Modern handmade furniture from mooi.la
The media console’s surface is laminated, as is the component bay below, and for a hint of shine, and some extra protection against wear and tear, I inset a piece of the same laminate behind each of the handles.

Modern handmade furniture from mooi.la
I always aim to deliver exactly what was signed off on in the final sketch, but sometimes changes become apparent as a piece takes shape in the real world. This is one that turned out almost exactly the same as the original drawing.

Modern handmade furniture from mooi.la



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