Terra Shelving System by Seth Gamson

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Terra

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Shelving System

INSPIRATION:
The concept of tangent objects was what inspired me to develop the Terra Shelf. I looked into products that share a parallel relationship with the surface they are oriented on. For the most part, these objects, and my early prototypes, had a ribbon-like form. My models took an exciting turn when I broke down these rolling forms into flat geometric bends. After material and scale experiments, extensive 3d modeling, and rounds and rounds of form refinements I arrived at a design worth producing.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The Terra Shelving System is a customizable, modular shelving system that allows its user to create unique compositions of contiguous or separate shelving patterns. Each module is dynamic in both form and function. The bends in the form offer its user multiple terraces of storage. Each module has two universal wall contacts that allow further modules to link with. The spacing of these wall contacts is designed to have the hardware land right on the studs of a wall (16" increments).

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
-Determine the desired pattern -Install bracket hardware on wall -hang shelving units on hardware -enjoy

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The refined concept was formed in October 2018 and the realization of that concept finished in December 2018. All design and handwork was done in Philadelphia, PA. Lasercutting was done by Mark Metals in Reading, PA.

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

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Laser cutting 11 gauge steel Refined hand-bending

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Small: 26" x 12.5" x 15" Medium: 42" x 12.5" x 15" Large: 58" x 12.5" x 15"

TAGS:
Shelving, Shelf, Modular, Customizable, Steel, Display

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
My initial research involved creating many concept variations then searching the world of existing products to find similar, finished concepts. This meant scanning through our UArts library and searching through online catalogs. Next I went through self-reflective exercises to formulate a refined concept statement. With my new guiding statement in hand, I went about creating sketch model iterations to achieve that concept. After refining three models, I chose my strongest to pursue.

CHALLENGE:
The long process of refining the units was a real challenge. Determining the scale, form and distances was a process of constant testing and reevaluation. And an even greater challenge than that was creating the hardware for the shelves. No existing hardware fit the needs of my shelves. I tried working with a fabricator, but was told that the form was beyond their metal bending capabilities. So I bought a sheet of 16 gauge steel, created my own tooling, and made them myself.

ADDED DATE:
2019-01-12 23:00:51

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IMAGE CREDITS:
Seth Gamson , 2018.

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Seth Gamson & Co.

PROFILE:
My company, or rather the company I dream of directing, will produce environment altering furniture, home-goods, and outdoor installations. Our objects are primarily use-objects, but their thoughtful design and manufacturing will be sources of inspiration and joy to their owners. With an eye toward sustainability, usability, and materiality, Seth Gamson & Co. works.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Terra Shelving System by Seth Gamson is a Nominee in Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Terra Shelving System by Seth Gamson is Winner in Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design Category, 2018 - 2019.



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