GOING WITH THE GRAIN: design an object using sustainable wood

Competition Details
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a footstool.....

by Martin Jarvie
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A footstool…
A series of identical plywood sections clamped together to make a useful and aesthetically pleasing object; an object that expresses and delights in the nature of plywood.

Functional...
The footstool sits below the chair when not in use (ideal to de-clutter a living space). When being put to use it will be pulled out by the user and ‘rotated’ into its higher position by loosening the screws. Once in position the screws will once again be tightened, holding the legs securely in position.

Identity…
The edge of the plywood (laminated sections) is expressed on the top and sides of the footstool; an attractive object to look at, highlighting the nature of the material.

Alternatively, the form of the footstool allows for differing cushions to be placed on top. Normally the cushion will sit on the chair, being placed on the footstool when so desired. Every footstool can be personalised - A leopard skin cushion anyone?

Putting it together…
Being made from half a sheet of the recommendation and held together by ‘biscuit’ joints (no glue is involved) -steel rods and butterfly screws perform the rotating action. The amounts of cuts are minimised and repetition is maximised. The footstool is easily made, easily assembled and could easily be adapted to become a larger object.

400mm wide, 300mm deep, 180mm high when not in use, 300mm high at full height. All dimensions are indicative.