From Concept to Completion, Part 1

Designing a project from scratch.
By Ted Brown
Pages: 66-69

From the October 2007 issue #164
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Where does a concept come from? For me, it starts with a need – either of my own, or that of a client. In this case, my client needs side tables to go at either end of a sofa. The idea is to design tables that exhibit the beauty of the wood, have a modern yet timeless design, and that suit in terms of functionality. In a discussion with the client, I discovered that he wanted the tables to be visually light, and of a height that worked well with the height of the armrest of his sofa. That is, his glass of wine should be at the proper height for easy access. The tops of the tables should be long and narrow so they are not obtrusive in his living space. These days there is, in my opinion, no need to always match the décor when making furniture. I much prefer to have a juxtaposition of styles within a living area.

From the October 2007 issue #164
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