I wanted the collection as a whole to reflect elements of currents interior trends within the fashion of furniture, however, I also wanted these trends to blend with key factors of my personal designs and tastes. Mid-century furniture design, especially in relation to cabinets has a massive range of materials and aesthetics, but i really loved cabinets, side tables etc that are very simplistic rectangular based forms, with splayed legs, and the occasional curved corners and edge, to really exaggerate the intent of these aesthetic detailing decisions and emphasis on mid-century design. This was the basic aesthetic i wanted for the drawer element of my furniture/interior collection, however, i wanted a little modern twist to make the deign more tailored to myself, as a designer an maker. I chose to do this – subtly so as to not overpower the simplicity of the material design form – through geometrical elements inspired by architectural forms and pattern. One way of communicating this pattern was to carve it into the physical material through CNC processes – most likely on the inside of the drawer, however, this can cause problems when grooving the inside of the drawer with the router as the drill bit may knock the top layer off wood off if the surface /pattern is uneven. This idea – depending on how deep the pattern inverts into the wood surface, can cause problems in using the product – the crevices will fill with dust and dirt, making it difficult to maintain, due to the design fault – although this would be minimised if the pattern was on the inside of the drawer, but small items would still be difficult to remove from the indents.
Therefore, i came up with a design that is much more subtle, and affect the form more than the surface and material, by designing the front of the doors to sit at an angle, mimicking the feature of building air vents or louvres. The slats will sit inside the main box frame in a minimalist fashion, however this design did initially cause some potential problems with how to open the drawers.
I initially wanted there to be a lip underneath the front of the drawer, so that you could pull the drawer out using this, however the bottom drawer wouldn’t be flush with the core frame and a gap would be visible creating an aesthetic design flaw.
For the drawers to sit on a crafted wooden groove and runner there had to be a handle or method to pull the drawer out, and the drawer could be fully removed from the frame.
The use of handles on the drawer fronts, as the standard method of opening a drawer, i felt would take away from the aesthetic nature of the drawers being at an angle, therefore i did some research into minimalist handles, hiding the openings – the angle on the drawers provided quite a good base to camouflage these.
With further research i discovered push to open drawer runners, that if the right dimensions, would allow pressure placed on the plain slatted drawer front to release and spring the runner to open the drawer. This method would allow the minimalist modern aesthetic of the drawers to remain.