With my family overseas, I decided to solve our real and imagined domestic issues the only way an architect can – through joinery. A chair and table for my daughter Elsie, a queen bed for mum and I and a daybed in the kids bedroom. At the time we rented our apartment so everything was designed for easy disassembly and there had to be very minimal skill required to put it together.
All the elements were designed for CNC routing which means that what is drawn in the computer is cut with digital precision so elements slot neatly together like a three-dimensional jigsaw puzzle. The only binding elements are two leather ties that keep the ‘ears’ on, a homage to SANAA’s Mini Armless Chair. From time to time it becomes something of a three-dimensional puzzle whilst at other times it’s a legal case waiting to happen. Bruises are how kids learn after all…
Five-years later it has become the most loved item of furniture in our house – by dad at least. My daughter likes the booby-trap nature of it; if you don’t pick it up the right way then – hey presto – it falls apart!