Friday, November 11, 2011

re{cycle}ed bench

UNCG is opening up a student run store that will provide students a place to sell work or provide services to other students. Our class was asked to design a piece of furniture to go either inside or outside the space. The objective was to incorporate recycled materials to lower costs. My design incorporates reclaimed steel strips that are shaped to provide both seating and a place to secure one's bicycle. It is half bench, half bicycle rack.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Groovy Stuff

The design objective, short and sweet:
Groovy Stuff (a furniture company that reclaims teak from Thailand and transforms it into a groovy piece of furniture) presented our class with the challenge to create a piece of furniture that was made from the wood that they had reclaimed. Immediately I was drawn to the beauty of the teak logs, and thus began to formulate a design that celebrated their natural form.

From the beginning I was interested in using the logs to act as the legs for a coffee table.

Skipping past a few dozen other prototypes, below are more examples of tables that were produced along the way. I wanted the logs to be the center of attention, and the table to be as simplistic as possible. These tables were designed to be exterior tables that would be placed in the ground for support.

My final design, Enclosure, focuses on the use of rectilinear planes intersected by the curvature of reclaimed teak logs. This table cradles the branches, further highlighting and showcasing the beauty of the teak.

Process Models

Ecotect: Solar Analysis Studies

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Sketch Series Four

a. identify the purpose of the space
b. identify the purpose of lighting, including an identification of ambient, task, accent, and sparkle lighting
c. describe the effect of each luminaire in the space
d. provide recommendations
a. type of luminaire
b. mounting type
c. lamping
d. construction
e. manufacturer
f. photometrics
g. material and finish
h. lensing
i. function
j. ballasts
k. environment
l. shielding


a. The space's function is a computer lab.
b. The purpose of the lamps are for aiding in tasks. They illuminate the workspace.
c. Task lighting is located overhead. Additional lighting emits from the computer screens. Also, desk lamps are provided but are rarely used because the overhead lighting provides ample light.
d. No recommendations. I have always felt there is an adequate and appropriate amount of light for computer driven tasks.
a. direct/indirect
b. ceiling/suspended
c. fluorescent
d. extruded aluminum
e. fixture= litecontrol le-90
lamp= sylvania
f. direct/indirect, 32w, 2 lamps in each illuminaire
g. aluminum and brushed nickel
h. none
i. fixed
j. non-dimming, instant start, internal to illuminaire
k. dry
l. baffles


a. Leon's is a hair salon.
b. The two types of lighting within the space are task lighting and ambient lighting.
c. MR-16/task lighting is suspended from overhead. Additionally, there is cove lighting located along the perimeter of the ceiling that provides general illuminance and an ambient glow.
d. The space seemed a little dim for what I expected a hair salon would be. There was overall a good amount of general lighting in the space, but more overhead task lighting would help provide more light to the hairdressers who are focusing on cutting hair.
a. direct
b. suspended
c. mr-16/halogen
d. mirrored reflector
e. GE lighting
f. CBCP 525 lumens, 20 watt, 12 volt
g. metal and acrylic
h. acrylic
i. adjustable
j. non-dimming, instant start, internal ballast
k. dry
l. none


a. Jimmy Johns is a restaurant where food preparation and dining takes place.
b. Most of the lighting within Jimmy John's was geared towards task lighting. Accent lighting was also seen along the ceiling, being focused onto walls. Hanging pendants over dining tables acted as both task lighting and ambient lighting.
c. In the kitchen and prep room, ceiling installed fluorescents provided an ample amount of lighting for tasks. Recessed can lighting can be seen directly above the countertop, illuminating the counter and service area. Track lighting helped cast light onto the surrounding walls, and pendant lights provided a nice diffuse glow over the dining tables.
d. Overall, Jimmy Johns was successful in using a variety of lamps to acquire the appropriate amount of light within the establishment. My only recommendation would possibly be to provide more light to wash over the wall, to further illuminate the space and accentuate the art work hanging on the walls.
a. direct/downlighting
b. ceiling/pendant suspending
c. compact fluorescent bulb
d. light fixture= extruded aluminum
e. light fixture= uncertain but close to Mulinello
bulb= bulbrama
f. each fixture contained 1 bulb, 40 watt, 2750 lumens
g. glass, red glazing
h. glass
i. fixed
j. instant start, internal to illuminaire
k. dry
l. none

Field Trip

On Thursday, October 6th, Tina's Materials and Methods class took a field trip to R.L. Vanstory Lighting Company. There we met with a couple of lighting specialists that discussed and showcased many lamps that are in the competitive market today. I learned lots of valuable information about a variety of lighting sources and types of bulbs like the ever so known fluorescents and the new technology of the competing LEDS. Perhaps what I found most interesting from the lecture was the information on LEDS, and more specifically the VT Led. The company had on display several types of these products, and I found them much more visually pleasing than the standard ceiling mounted square fluorescent lights. I enjoyed the covering used to inclose the LEDs and I appreciated the even diffuse of light. I would definitely specify this source of lighting in a designed space in the future.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011