ABOUT

Arco

Furniture
Inspired by Finland
2016

Arco is a clothes stand made out of Finnish birch wood. Inspired by the traditional Finnish wood work and the Finnish nature featured in its lakes and forests, I created Arco with simple cursive lines combining all together with concrete, aiming to convey the nature of Finnish lifestyle to others.

ACRO

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.

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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.

Bending Tests

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

Kerf-cutting Bending

Lamination Bending

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.

Ideation

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.

Making

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.