Composition 8, Kitchen Organizers

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Project by Jacob posted 06-28-2012 04:29 AM 3349 views 13 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi LJ,

Getting around to posting some of my finished projects from this past school year for your viewing pleasure.

This project was executed in a 3Dimensional Design course at Pratt Institute, and focused around creative phsycial products beginning with visual abstraction. Basically, Beginning with shapes, defining a use and then refining the forms into a use-able product, as opposed to more direct design outlines, where users/needs/the pre-existing are the jumping points for the product.

My final product was a series of related kitchen organizers, a utensil holder, a knife block, and a banana hanger. Wood was selected as a material of choice for the product, Mahogany, and was left unfinished in these images.

I struggled immensley at the planning of final fabrication, due to lack of material, size of product, and sheer dynamicness of form, carving them from solid blocks was ruled out, and I set to the task of (somehow) mapping out segment patterns, calculating bevels and dimensions, angles, thicknesses and widths, and finally resulted in a forms close to their final shapes which i carved and sanded down with minimal waste.

Steel was used as a secondary material.

Tell me what you guys think!

-- -Jacob Turetsky, Industrial Designer

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#1 posted 06-28-2012 09:04 AM

Heavens Be! Like others before you—excellent design in non-typical media. Many of us have made making lines and projects square and plumb. I love the design and have some wood knots, limbs and shapes to help me design. I’m sure you will get many favorable comments. New phrase of the week, “Segmenting Organic Design. Lets have more. Great project, design, execution and function. What finish was chosen and have you used other woods (with more or less figure, contrasts, and unique features.) The mahagony is an excellent choice. Thanks for posting—Steve J – Square and Plumb Club of Wisconsin. SVIEKS!

-- Steve, 'Sconie Great White North

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#2 posted 06-28-2012 09:15 AM

Great work and way to think outside the box! Love the design and your drawings on the wall are amazing as well. Wish I was that artistic! Sweet!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 06-28-2012 01:55 PM


I come to this website to look for fresh, unique items and these are about as good as it gets. Keep up the great work and I’m looking forward to seeing more of your pieces.

Thanks for posting,

-- Cal Noguchi

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#4 posted 06-28-2012 03:05 PM

Nothing but fantastic!

Great work!

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#5 posted 06-28-2012 05:38 PM

Bringing to life a ‘Stretch of the Imagination’

Very creative indeed. – Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#6 posted 06-29-2012 12:06 AM

Fantastic knife holder; I find it quite funny becaude it looks like someone flung knives at the piece of wood and bent it. I would love to own the set! Absolutely beautiful design—I hope you got an A+ for them.

Keep up the great work and please keep posting.

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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#7 posted 06-29-2012 05:08 AM

Thanks for all the fantastic words guys, its awesome that you guys like them!

currently they are left without a finish, due to due date issues. haha. But I plan on going back and applying something matte, and foodsafe?, maybe you guys have some advice. I was thinking of something like a salad bowl finish, i dont know too much about that finish.

-- -Jacob Turetsky, Industrial Designer

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#8 posted 06-30-2012 05:06 AM

Very creative and forward looking designs I am impressed by your creativity .

-- Kiefer

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#9 posted 07-31-2012 02:47 AM

Very cool stuff!! Reminds me a bit of the work of Richard Serra—in miniature!

-- Sow justice, reap peace

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