THE DRAFTING TABLE
This self-guided project was the result of my growing desire to create a piece of product design that was made out of completely salvaged, upcycled materials. A product that could stand the test of time and pushed the boundaries of what was expected from a utilitarian object . The darker (teak) wood was previously a set of changing room benches that were sourced from a school which was re-fitting a 40 year old set of changing rooms. The lighter (oak) wood was salvaged from a barn conversion in a nearby village and the steel used was brought from a company that smelt scrap steel into standardised bars. The only parts of the desk not salvaged were the LEDs, acrylic sheet and MDF under panel that together make up the lightbox in the centre of the desktop. I learnt a huge amount during the process of designing and producing this bespoke product, from development in CAD, through to sourcing and repurposing the materials.
In 2016 I was awarded ‘The Mike Rees Engineering Award’ from the Sixth Form Academy I attended at the time “as a testimony to the quality of work and dedication throughout the project”. This is something I am very proud to have achieved, yet I hope to one day produce more work of a higher quality then this as I believe there is always room for improvement throughout any act of creation.