Posted by Sean Breen
A new prototype arrived in the design office today. We are working on expanding the Brattleboro bedroom collection. After completing the Brattleboro bed, it is only natural that we experiment with a dresser.
Just like any collection, certain visual details carry into each piece; the base is an obvious choice. This process of taking a box and incorporating elements of the defined style is a well known tactic. But how do you make it “pop”?
“Think outside the box,” a phrase too often used to remind people to be creative. Honestly, with all the people looking around outside the box these days, it is getting pretty crowded. The question becomes, what great ideas do people leave inside? We are experimenting with details to turn an ordinary piece of furniture into an amazing one.
Here, take a look at the first concept of a 6-drawer dresser.
It embodies a sort of Scandinavian minimalism, otherwise known as the ambiguous “contemporary” to Americans, a style that is seen more in Europe and the States. It is made by European manufacturers out of plywood veneer, often found in chain stores… like that big blue and yellow Swedish one, the name escapes me. At Lyndon, we could never bring ourselves to do such a thing. We choose to celebrate the tree and craft our furniture in sustainable American hardwoods.
We are using a technique known as a locking miter to create a visually and structurally strong joint that highlights the skills of our crafts people.
So, getting back to the prototype in the office today…
Originally we planned to have some sort of hardware to pull open the drawers. There are so many options available and we have had no luck choosing the right one. Looking back inside the box, we found it.
A pull as part of the drawer front itself.
See? Not a new idea, not out in that crowded space. It is, however, an idea that has not seen great execution. Check this out… a rounded groove cut into both the top and bottom edge of each drawer front. Now there is a greater definition of the drawers and the grooves allow you to pull open each drawer with ease.
This is minimalism in its natural habitat.