Kino

Custom designed cinema furniture crafted from wood.

A piece of furniture for a special space: a homecinema. The long lines of the design and the finish with metallic paint are the noticeable characteristics that give the piece a unique look. The piece is tailor-made for the cinema equipment that it houses. In addition, the measurements had to match various connections in the wall. With sixty centimeters in depth for the electronic goodies, and longer than two meters it is not small, you could fit a person. The work futures a false wall where all cables are stored behind and a hidden support creates the illusion that the work hovers off the ground.

Custom designed and manufactured furniture piece commissioned by client.

construction interior design woodworking

Challenge

There was a lot of drying time because the glued corners consist of 48 ribbed-milled panels. The same number of panels went into the garbage bin because of the high quality demand to create smooth corners. By continuously iterating during the test phase and by taking on new challenges, I created a sustainable workflow, that was used to build the eventual piece. During no other project I gained so much new woodworking and planning skills. Multitasking and anticipation is key, it is just like chess, to make progress as efficient as possible. The piece on the right is a test to tryout an assemble and glue-up technique. It is probably one of the ugliest things that I ever made, but it is like a trophy because I learned so much from making it.

Material challenge

I was drawn to this project because of the challenge how to construct the round corners. Different techniques that were tried include cutting MDF sheets with a laser cutter, CNC milling arches from multiplex and bendable MDF board that have grooves. Finally, I build a saw template to saw MDF sheets and create MDF panels with milled out 'ribs'.

Night and day

The finish gives a glamorous effect when light shines on the surface, while the work is toned down in the dark. Exactly what you want: no distraction when your are watching a movie. Although the lines are straight and the corners are exact, there are traces of handwork.