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My Adventure with Designing Furniture

I’ve noticed that it’s become a pastime of mine to take on projects where I have no idea what I’m doing. This manifests itself in many ways, and one project that I’ve been working on for the past 2-3 months has been designing what I’ve named the Moroc stool. Do I know anything at all about furniture design? No, but I had a vision for a particular stool design I wanted for my flat, and I called around to furniture makers until someone would have me.

I was very fortunate to find a lovely joiner in Cornwall who has looked at my crazy collection of photos and bad drawings without laughing in my face, and has helped me to (almost) realise my first furniture design! These photos were sent to me from the workshop to show the stool in progress– I’ve not received the finish stool yet, which will be a brilliant shade of Moroccan blue (hence the name).

It’s in the back of my mind that I may want to sell this stool in my shop one day, so I’ve emailed this poor joiner with the craziest requests, like making it so that it can be flat-packed (picture 3). I never before thought about things like how shiny a piece of furniture should be, or what a good height is for a chair. It’s been fun to think about these things and I can already imagine the joy I’m going to have when the stool finally arrives.

This is a really empowering experience, and I encourage you to consider doing something like this for yourself if you have an idea kicking around. I hope to have the stool within the next week, and I’ll be posting pictures!

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2 Comments

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    Alex
    November 2, 2014 at 12:30 am

    Exciting! I like the shape of the seat base, and of course the unique triangular piece connecting the legs. I would love to see more of your furniture designs in the future. My goodness, what can you not do?!

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      Ferren Gipson
      November 2, 2014 at 10:57 am

      Haha– we’ll I still can’t build furniture– I only had the idea. Anyone can do that! :)

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