Project completed while employed as a designer at Loubier Design in Philadelphia, USA
Dimensions: 54 L x 20 W x 20 H inches | Material: Elm with cedar bottom
The River Chest was a design collaboration with principal Kirk Loubier, born of a curiosity about a CNC machine’s ability to draw. To address the client’s desire for a cedar chest, I worked backwards from drawings of tributaries on an unfolded box. The resulting patterned puzzle pieces were modeled on Rhino, machined from spalted elm with attention to alternating grain patterns, and then assembled with a cedar bottom. The chest evokes movement and gesture without sacrificing the most basic of functions.