William Warren

London based product and furniture designer
Posts Tagged ‘CNC’

Church Chair Competition

The Church of England recently released a brief to design new seating to fit in their churches. The competition stated that designers should team up with manufacturers in order to ensure the final submissions would be produceable in high numbers.

Here are the pages I submitted for the competition. I didn’t get selected for the final shortlist. This may be partially due to the fact that I ignored the notion of partnering with a manufacturer and instead chose to pursue a…

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CNC windsor

Following lots of interesting projects relating to traditional English Windsor chairs, I thought it would be interesting to see what would happen if I tried to make a windsor using more up to date materials.

The windsor chair is not a ‘designed’ piece of furniture. Rather it is an evolved set of rules and solutions that have grown from the raw materials of green timber (freshly cut), simple hand tools and traditional craft techniques and the demanding requirements of strength and…

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The Fife Bench in production

Chris Eckersley and I went up to Fife the other day to see the benches in production. Envirovent have made a lovely job of making them.

The benches are being delivered to Fife council this week and should be installed pretty soon.

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double bed and cutting table

This is a design for the double bed in our spare room at home. My lovely wife wanted a cutting table for the room which she uses as a sewing space. We also needed a spare bed for guests, but not a full size one as it would take up too much space.

It is made from phenolic filmed plywood and has knock down fixings.

If you would like the cutting paths for this bed, I will send them to you. You…

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Home Lockers

The Home locker was developed during the Joined up Design for Schools program, run by the Sorrell Foundation. The program paired designers with schools and set them to work of different briefs such as Graphic Identity, School uniforms or storage issues. Each designer had to work directly with a client team made up of pupils of the school.

My brief was originally to provide secure storage for the corridor areas of Brecknock school in Camden. It became obvious however that there…

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Half-tone bench

A series of four benches commissioned by Islington Council and installed in Clerkenwell Green in 2005.Each bench overlooks the next and can be peeped through by looking through the holes. The concept came from observations of people watching one another in parks.

The graphics on the benches are created from photographs and achieved through C.N.C. stamping a series of holes in a similar way to half tone printing photographic images in newspapers.

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Tilly’s Wall Diary

An important aspect of the home is that it doesn’t exist only in the present. A sense of home comes from how long we have been at a place and how long we plan to stay.

This is a child’s cupboard with a twelve-year lifespan, which aims to become a sentimental belonging. The child creates a visual diary over the course of their growing up, which will continue to be seen and enjoyed when the locker has grown beyond it. Every…

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Terror Firma Parquet

This parquet came about as an application for the tessellating pattern I had come up with. I couldn’t think of what else to do with it. It was originally made as an floor for a trade show stand and has been installed in a few houses since.

I would have loved to see this design used in a James Bond villan’s luxury hide away. The pattern does celebrate the automatic pistol which is not my style. Guns are bad. Yeah?

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Manila Letter Box

Produced by a C.N.C. punching and folding machine, in sheet steel, using the dimensions and construction language of manila envelopes.

Designed in collaboration with Carl Clerkin.

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