Beat PackFlatToolFreeAssembled Furniture Line by I.D. Diego Arevalo & Arq.Gifford Cochran

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Beat

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
PackFlatToolFreeAssembled Furniture Line

INSPIRATION:
Wedgewood Furniture’s Beat Line was designed to be eco-friendly from start to finish. We wanted to produce a line of furniture made from sustainably harvested or recycled materials, produced with minimal waste, finished with non toxic finishes, packed flat in recycleable boxes, shipped flat and designed to be easily assembled and disassembled by the consumer. Details evoke a musical cascade, and add an intriguing visual element to the designs.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
A patented assembly system is behind each simple, sturdy, and comfortable piece of Wedgewood Furniture—no metal fasteners or screws are necessary. What’s more, assembly is quick and intuitive. Chairs use integral hooks that are held tight using tabs and wedges. Tables employ pairs of complimentary grooves held tight with a wedge. The beauty of the Wedgewood System is that it allows for pack flat shipping with easy assembly and easy disassembly for occasional or seasonal storage.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Wedgewood Furniture’s Beat Line is machined from bamboo plywood or Valchromat fiberboard on a CNC router. This results in the very tight tolerances and repeatability necessary to insure a precise fit. Beat Line Furniture is packed flat for shipping, and can be assembled in minutes. Additionally, it can be taken apart in minutes for transport or seasonal storage. The Wedgewood Assembly System is the simplest strongest method available for constructing pack-flat tool-free assembled furniture.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project start in April 2012 in Mexico City

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
CNC machining requires flat sheet stock. We chose 25mm bamboo plywood for its beauty, strength and durability. We also found a through colored fiberboard material called Valchromat. Both materials are weather resistant when properly finished and are sustainably produced. CNC machining allows us to make consistently fitting pieces and create elaborate decorative patterns easily. An added benefit of CNC manufacturing is the interchangeability of parts in the event that a component gets damaged.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
chair:630mmx560mmx920mm Box:730mmx600mmx110mm Sofa:1600mmx600mmx800mm Box:1750mmx860mmx110mm LoungeChair: 800mmx600mmx800mm Box:950mmx780mmx150mm Cocktail Table:1219mmx762mmx457mm Box:1380mmx980mmx90mm Side Table:457mmx457mmx457mm Box:600mmx600mmx110mm

TAGS:
Flat Pack furniture, tool free assembly, Bamboo plywood, valchromat, ecofriendly, sustainably harvested materials, assemble in minutes, patented system

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
A traditional trestle table and benches were the starting point for the Wedgewood Assembly System concept. Then there was a need for chairs. Based on the premise that all the pieces should pack flat and use no metal fasteners, a design concept emerged using integral hooks, pierced tabs and wedges. Then, in a true cocktail napkin moment, a system of interlocking grooves was conceived for tabletop attachment. Using this system, an entire line of furniture could be created.

CHALLENGE:
The system that evolved for our line of furniture came from hours of thinking about how to hold flat planar pieces together using just pierced tabs, wedges and interlocking grooves. Important too was that table legs not pass through tabletops and that pieces could be taken apart. The components had to be able to be machined using a CNC router with minimal human handwork. As there isn’t a source of information to meet our goal, the solutions came out of many hours of head scratching and doodling.

ADDED DATE:
2015-09-18 16:07:25

TEAM MEMBERS (3) :
Diego Arevalo Pliego, Gifford W. Cochran and Erick Balderas

IMAGE CREDITS:
All photos by:
Diego Arevalo Pliego
Ximena Arevalo Pliego

PATENTS/COPYRIGHTS:
Patent No. US0704,467S Gifford W. Cochran 2014 USA Pending Patent US 14714147 Gifford W. Cochran 2015 USA Pending Patent MX/a/2014/016004 GWC Design Inc S de RL de CV

Visit the following page to learn more: https://www.wedgewoodfurniture.com
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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Wedgewood Furniture

PROFILE:
Wedgewood Furniture was inspired by the desire to produce a line of indoor/outdoor furniture that could pack flat, be assembled and disassembled quickly without tools or fasteners, and be easily treated with eco-friendly finishes. And because practical can also be beautiful, the line has a sophisticated, elegant look that’s rare in the ‘pack flat, tool-free, and green’ segment of the furniture market. Each piece of our furniture is cut on a CNC router, ensuring a precise and consistent fit—and easy replacement of parts, should damage occur. Machined from 25mm stock (other brands typically use 18mm stock), Wedgewood Furniture is stronger and more durable than most other bamboo plywood furniture on the market. It is suitable for outdoor use and care is as simple as cleaning and applying a fresh coat of oil as needed.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Beat Packflattoolfreeassembled Furniture Line by I.d. Diego Arevalo & Arq.gifford Cochran is a Nominee in Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Beat Packflattoolfreeassembled Furniture Line by I.d. Diego Arevalo & Arq.gifford Cochran is Winner in Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design Category, 2015 - 2016.



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