August 26th, 2008
a bit of a different post this time around.
for those of you not living in japan children in this country are required to do homework over the summer holidays – which includes all the things you might expect, from mathematics to writing practice, keeping a diary, etc. But the bit I have to admit I enjoy the most is something called “free research”, where the kids come up with a project on their own. The reason I enjoy this one is because my oldest daughter and I usually do this project together. This year my daughter decided to make a coffee table, which is why I feel justified in posting the project here. Its not frontoffice work, and its not architecture, but the project came out quite nicely, and this seems as good a place as any to show off.
we were lucky to have access for a few afternoons to the studio of a good friend, named Shinji Ohmaki. He also kindly donated a fair amount of time to show us how to paint.
As for the project…
We started off with a few sheets of cardboard. This is a material I have been using to make furniture in our home with for about 10 years now, so I have to admit my daughter didn’t get to chose the material, but it is really perfect because its so cheap and easy and can be turned into pretty cool stuff if there is a will. From this point on however the project pretty much went forward according to my daughter’s direction.
We transferred the design she sketched out onto the cardboard, and cut three pieces and enough strips to form a solid honeycomb structure.
which we then flipped over and painted.
Which was really enough work all on its own. But still only half way there! Next we made another honecomb-ish structure that would give a bit of depth for the legs to slip into…
and glued the parts together
and after a few coats of clear urethane, put the table to work.
all done ! 出来上がり！