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[凳子类] Totoro by Armand Graham and Sasha Ritter [复制链接]

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Totoro by Armand Graham and SashaRitter

Armand Graham together with SashaRitter have designed Totoro, a multi-use object made from wood using a 5-axisrobotic arm CNC.

We were interested in designing acollection of objects that could stand alone individually or work as a cluster.With their varying sizes, they take on the character of a family as well asconjuring a trace of the logs where they come from. We’ve designed differentsizes for different functions: low table, stool, coffee table, bookstand, andsculptural object.

Our arborist friend gave us access toan almost unlimited supply of logs salvaged from the region around Ithaca in upstate New  York. If they didn’t become lumber, these hardwoodlogs would ordinarily be turned into firewood or mulch.

Inspired by the huge logs we saw in Ithaca, we startedsketching out ideas for turning them into pieces of furniture or objects. Weliked the idea of producing an object that took advantage of the size of thelog. This led us to designing a family of versatile stools that could becrafted out of sections of the logs–so that we can work with any availablewood. We were interested in showcasing the natural beauty of the silver maplewhile at the same time making a unique designed object. We chose silver maplebecause we loved its color, grain, and the fact that around Ithaca, it is considered an invasiveplant-which means the arborist gets plenty.

We created a prototype using a friend’srobot, which was once employed by the automotive industry. These types ofrobots have recently been reappropriated to do much more than what was oncethought possible. Its two ton arm was able to translate our computer generatedform into a precise, sculptural reality that could not have been achieved byhand. It was a nerve racking experience to watch this machine reveal our totorofrom the tree trunk. Historically woodworking has meant working with ones’hands. It was strange, yet thrilling, to relinquish control to the robot andwait to see what happened.

With this first pass, the robot removedthe majority of the excess material, including the bark and carved the basicforms of our design. Like terracing. We liked the patterns that emerged fromthis stage.

The second pass of the drill bitrevealed the curves of the base of the totoro and gave us the first glimpse ofthe finished product.

The milling process exposed new wood& moisture, so we allowed the totoro to dry using a controlled process.After it was dry, we sanded & finished it using an ecologically friendlypolyurethane coating to give it a lasting protective layer.

We anticipated the natural crackingthat occurs in the drying phase; to us it represents the tension between adesigned object and a natural material with a life of its own. That’s the mostexciting aspect to this project. No matter how hard we try and even with thetechnology we’re using to create these pieces-we cannot fully control the finaloutcome. The object continues to change, and we like that. It’s alive.

We love the final object & feel thatthough it’s elegant, it also exudes a friendly and whimsical quality. One ofour friends, upon seeing the stool for the first time, remarked that it remindsher of the ‘totoro’ forest spirits from Hayao Miyazaki’s animated film, MyNeighbor Totoro. After watching the film ourselves, we couldn’t agree more.

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http://www.timbrny.com/
http://www.sasharitter.com/  


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