Team Building @ Bowlplex

Great team building trip to the bowlplex Brighton marina last night. Well done Henri For getting the top score . Thank you Jane and Allen for footing the bill and a big thank you to Ginette Firstly for organising It And secondly Complaining about the computer crashing Getting us A free game and a free round of drinks. A great night all round Thank you to all got involved.

Wonderful Custom Made Crankshaft Stand On Top Of Pedestal

Our good friend David from plinthsandpedestals.co.uk needed a stand built to sit on top of one of his impressive pedestals, not the display cases that we usually make for him. This was a bit different, he arrived with a very heavy three cylinder crankshaft, a brilliantly engineered chunk of steel. He wanted a clear acrylic stand to display the piece, so I’m thinking easy, I can build a horizontal stand with two straight upright supports. Then he mentions he would like the piece to sit at a 30 degree angle, so off I go to the drawing board to come up with a plan of action. The two angled supports, cut from 20mm thick clear acrylic, were routed and finished by hand then glued at a 30 degree angle to the base. Job done? Not quite. The sheer weight of the metal might have broken the glue joint – a support bracket was needed. It was suggested by a colleague that I use a simple triangle but I thought it would look so much better made with a 30mm diameter rod, which makes it far more difficult to get the angles right. I was very happy with the outcome and think the finished product speaks for itself. The combination of the polished metal and acrylic looks amazing. Maybe somebody should design some furniture using both these materials – oh we have!

Shaun

Space Invaders Acrylic Sofa

Now you can play Space Invaders whilst sitting upon one of them. This sofa is designed in the Bauhaus style, to look like one of the pixelated martians from the classic 80’s game. Made in black and white, this sleek piece of furniture is both fun and functional. Designed by Igor Chak, this version is mainly finished in leather, with memory foam cushions and two glass panel inserts. The attention to detail is obvious, I love the two holes that go right through the back, making the invader’s eyes. The feet also stand out for me, square hollow tubes that are fixed together offset, to give a pixel look. The whole thing looks stunning and could quite easily be made from coloured acrylic. Definitely want one of these in my games room, when I get one of those!
Shaun

Clearly Modern

Brightly Coloured Acrylic Tables

It cannot fail to catch your eye, the colours look fantastic, we will definitely be looking to include a bigger range of colours including fluorescents in our acrylic furniture designs in the future. Love the triangular shapes, from my experience i’ts not the easiest of angles to machine and if they are not quite right the gaps will look awful, these tables go further than that though not only do they have the 60 degree angles of a triangle they include 45 degree mitres on all 3 sides as well, making the construction very difficult to get perfect.

From the pictures it seems they managed to do a pretty good job.

Acrylic Robot

It’s not every day i’m asked to build an acrylic robot, these type of bespoke pieces are what I enjoy creating most. After many discussions with our customer, Ryan came up with a detailed plan drawing of what was required. It was then down to me to make it come to life, the difficulty was the customer required several moving parts. The triangular fingers and earrings needed to spin round, so the robot could wear different earrings or rings. The large disc on its chest spins round, this is going to have graphics of different necklaces. The children can then move all of these pieces, mixing and matching various jewels and jewellery. You can go and see our handiwork, as our robot is part of the robot invasion at Hove museum. An intergalactic exhibition including rockets, space toys, robots and ray guns of all shapes and sizes, including many rare vintage collectable items invade the museum in this space age show of robot force.
Shaun

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Crystal Clear Glue Joints

We’ve got a brand new glueing process that enables us to achieve crystal clear glue joints on large areas, something that we at Clearly Modern have always strived to achieve using our usual solvent glue.

This new method is going to give us greater versatility and let us create bigger and better acrylic furniture with perfect glue joints. After a few trial joints I started to get the hang of how it worked, it wasn’t long before the perfect job arrived to try it out for the first time. Our customer wanted a TV stand and after further discussions with them we decided not to go down our usual route with stainless steel bolts but to glue the piece together. Made from 50mm and 20mm clear acrylic it was a heavy piece of furniture. The glue joints attaching the shelves to the legs were the most difficult to get crystal clear, because the shelves had their corners cut out to let the leg in, so the glue surface was on two planes. The customer was very happy with the outcome and I’m looking forward to using this method more in the future.

Designer Acrylic Handbag

This designer acrylic handbag looks great, a very stylish accessory for any modern girl. This particular version has been made exclusively for Chanel, I presume to accessorise a catwalk model. I’m not entirely sure from this picture how this has been constructed, it looks to be made of a single panel of clear acrylic, the individual pockets would open separately. Probably made from 10mm thick clear acrylic, the bag has a routed hand hole and holes for the shoulder straps. Then each accessory, lipstick, sunglasses, purse, keys and phone has its own hole, routed to fit perfectly. I’m not sure how popular these bags would be if they were to go into production, surely handbags are more useful for hiding things, not much chance of that with these. Could we make designer acrylic handbags? I don’t see why not.
Shaun

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Modern Designer Furniture

This design uses the different materials beautifully. I love the way the curved wooden base has two slots to take the frame of a chair, as it slides through the slots the seat becomes upright or reclines making this a very versatile statement piece. The base itself is probably made from MDF, clad in real wood veneer then given a very highly polished finish. The frame, which has a matching but opposite curve to the base, looks to be crafted from stainless steel or chrome tube again with a highly polished finish. To top it all off the individual upholstered bolsters sit perfectly spaced along the top of the frame, giving support and comfort as well as a fantastic look. We are currently looking at using all of these materials with acrylic to form some of our own pieces in the future – watch this space!
Shaun.

Clearly Modern

Home Office Work Station

This home/office work station is ideal for those of us who are short on space, or like a computer work station kept out of the way and tidy. I like the way it seems to snake up the wall, then back over the users head, forming book shelves and book ends. Also the way the bends form the users leg room, then bend up and back, to form the table surface. This leaves a void, which through a slot machined in the front of the desk, a keyboard drawer can be pulled out of for typing, or pushed into out of sight. The whole thing is made from a single piece of acrylic, this is then heat bent into shape, one bend at a time. The un-bent blank, which would be quite a length, needs to be routed first into shape. You’ll notice as it goes up the back of the monitor and starts to form the shelves, it narrows to book width. This modern design looks very stylish, and is certainly something Clearly Modern could produce. We could make this in any available colour of acrylic, I think it would look great in clear.
Shaun

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