BACKGROUND

Suomi (Finland), known as the land of thousand lakes, has a long history of woodmaking for its huge forest coverage of 71.6%. Finnish people could nearly make everthing out of wood as I see when I was having my exchange there. Having been inspired by the traditional Finnish skis, I determined my direction of designing a furniture with simple cursive lines. I wanted to create the thing with the essence of Finnish traditons and its pure nature.

TESTING

I found out three ways of bending wood after research, and I "play" with all the methods with the help of the teacher Kimmo. Based on the knowleage I learned from the experince, I decided to use Lamination bending for its feature which suits my project best.

Steam Bending

By heating the solid wood with steam in a closed box and bend it with a mold

Kerf-cutting Bending

By cutting kerfs in a certain distance on the wood.

Lamination Bending

By gluing wood pieces together and bend it with a mold.

After tried other ways of bending wood, I turned to Lamination method for the feature that it is much eaiser for me as a begainner and more efficient. I could shape the wood in the way I want it to be without waiting for too long or its integrality.

SKETCH & RENDERING

Started with freehand sketch on the paper, I tried to find a balance between elegance and simplicity. Afterwards, I visualized the concept with 3D modelling in rhino.

PROTOTYPING

As I have determined the design on paper and modelling software, I made the 1:1 mock-up by hand from raw materials of birch and cement to find the proper measurement and to feel it in a tangiable way.

Mock-up

As I have determined the design on paper and modelling software, I made the 1:1 mock-up by hand from raw materials of birch and cement to find the proper measurement and to feel it in a tangiable way.

The assembling of Arco is quite simple and it fits the idea of flat packaging. The product consists of 6 pieces of bended wood and 2 rubber strips and 1 cement base.