GOING WITH THE GRAIN: design an object using sustainable wood

Competition Details


by Amy Stringer
Co-authors: Tim Dubitsky.Amy Stringer

TRE is an easily convertible, elegant tiered tray that becomes a set of multi-level serving platters. Inspired by the international customary ceremony of high tea, TRE draws on the modern necessities of functionality, elegance and accommodation.

TRE is comprised of many milled layers of FSC 1” ply. The skeletal nature of the assemblage is masked by the elegant curves of the supporting structure, a baroque-style network of floriated armatures. The tiers of the tray can either be stacked for a heightened view or spread out separately for buffet accommodations.

Each tier of the TRE is a compounded set of rings and discs that lock together through the tension of a milled skeleton. In lieu of hardware, the bowls are firmed by the tensile properties of the material. Within the detailed illumination of the supporting legs is a hidden [clip] a la paperclip style that secures the partials into a vehicle for delicious vittles. The assembly sequence of the TRE is simple. Each of the layers of the bowls slide underneath the tension clips formed by the supporting arms. The layers of each bowl register to eachother with male/female nodes. The bowl and armature become one unit and can now be stacked with the other tiers or used on its own.Yum!

A close up view of the tension clip shows the form and function of the unique design.

TRE uses four individual router bits to complete four distinct milling operations. The radius/surface curvature is designed to mill quickly and efficiently. A flip mill is necessary to achieve the surface variation between the interior and exterior of the object. (see diagram 5/6) The grain of the plywood is exposed through the surface curvatures at numerous angles rather than on the xyz axis alone.

In situ, the TRE demands attention. Opulence, presence, and deliciousness add to the sustainability of the life of your party!