Lake Cabinet and Bed

With the increasing use of digital fabrication in the production of architecture the expressive task of the detail shifts from the articulation of joints to the delineation of surfaces.

  • Type Furniture
  • Location Lake Okoboji, Iowa
  • Status Completed
  • Date 2008
  • Collaborators

    Min | Day

The cabinet is the primary built feature in the master bedroom of the House on Lake Okoboji. Made from horizontally-laminated Baltic Birch plywood with veneer edges exposed, the front of the cabinet becomes a large headboard for the bed, facing the lake view. Studying the morphology of rippling water, we developed a computer animation of the water’s surface, optimized it for fabrication, and output code for a 3-axis cnc-router. Here, the uniqueness of the supple surface is contrasted by the repetitive horizontality of the veneer layers – a straightforward and manual application of material (stacking) contrasts the advanced computational technology of its formation.

Fabricated in Omaha, Nebraska by Colley Furniture Studio.

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Project Awards

2008 AIA Nebraska Honor Award for Detail

Photography By Photography by Paul Crosby and John Reed Forsman
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