furniture should fill a need you can't articulate.
The most effective way to reduce our environmental impact is not through radical sacrifice; rather, we should consider how objects can be equally beneficial to the user and to the natural world. The Lola Collection (named for its low-profile) imagines how, through limiting our footprint in an overpopulated world, we might live and work more efficiently.
When prompted to consider my favorite piece of furniture, one object immediately came to mind: my roll-top desk. High-functioning, beautiful, and unique, it embodies the essential role of furniture in the home. Inspired by George Nelson's Comprehensive Storage System (CSS) designed for Herman Miller, I explored how a user might gain an intimate relationship with furniture through its ability to meet their needs. Through research and observation, I've found that more often than not, there is a distinct imbalance between utility and visual appeal in organizational furniture.
12:1 scale model considering the mobility of furniture for nomadic lifestyles.
While I was fascinated by pieces like CSS, the roll-top desk, and the secretary desk, I realized there were some essential flaws in the execution of so-called "transitional" furniture. When closed, the angled of a drop-down desk serves no function aside from covering the desk's contents. Thus, the Lola Collection was born: transitional furniture that uses space and material as efficiently as possible. The collection features a floor-level desk that becomes a beautiful low coffee table when closed, and a shelf with a seat back to compliment the user's natural sitting posture.
12:1 scale model (left) inspired by CSS (right)
Quick sketches to determine dimensions and joinery methods during the making process.
1:1 Scale model of low desk (final iteration).
Final piece is made from quarter-sawn ash, birch ply, and maple veneer with SOSS hinges.