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.

Acrylic See Through Seating Area

This entire seating area is made from translucent aqua acrylic. Each piece is different but when put together they are most definitely a set. There are some similarities between the pieces, the height, angle and depth of the seats are the same but after that they are all individual. Some have armrests and backs, some have just backs, they look like they would fit together if you turned them around or upside down like a game of Tetris. I love the fact it’s been made from see-through acrylic although this makes the assembly more challenging. The slightest of errors in any of the angles or any solvent glue runs would stick out like a sore thumb. I don’t think they were going for comfort when this was designed, it really needs to have some seat cushions, this would of course detract from the effect of being made from completely see-through material. This type of project is the ideal job for our extremely skilled team of fabricators to scratch their heads over. Designed by Morph for Tom Dixon.

Shaun

Clearly Modern

Acrylic Magazine rack

This stylish magazine rack would look good beside any comfy chair. I love the way it’s made to look, like the leaves of a book thats flopped open. Each leaf has been curved to look paper like, this is done using an oven. The acrylic is heated until pliable, then quickly placed on to a former. Each leaf is then attached to the spine, making three compartments for magazines. This particular rack is made from 5mm red translucent acrylic, but it could be made in any available coloured acrylic. A great well thought out design, that looks the part, functional and stylish.
Shaun

Tetris blocks Acrylic Lamp

This fun lamp in the shape of Tetris blocks consists of seven separate pieces, when they are placed together they light up. A very clever idea, if you feel like a change or just a play you can move the pieces to fit together some other way. Made from five different colours of translucent acrylic, the simple shapes are very easy to produce. They’re probably formed from 5mm or 3mm thick acrylic, made into 3D shapes by adding one box width as the depth. The actual lighting of the units is the star of the show here, I’m not sure exactly how they connect to each other electrically, it’s probably a low voltage system and every piece has some sort of conductor at each end. Some more investigation into the workings of this piece is in order I think. The guys from Paladone have done a great job, this type of fun lighting is certainly food for thought for the future. After all the future’s bright….. or so I keep getting told!
Shaun.
Clearly Modern

Acrylic Table

This contempory table looks amazing, it’s cleverly made to look like a circular occasional table, drapped in a table cloth. Made from completely clear acrylic, the four lower drapes make the feet. This table is formed using one sheet of acrylic, this is heated until pliable in an oven, then carefully laid over a circular former, this gives the impression of the table top. The acrylic is then pulled and pushed to imitate the folds of a table cloth, the four corners, which when drapped are the longest pieces, are then folded right at the ends to form feet, making it look like the fabric gently touches the floor. When the acrylic has cooled, the circular former can be removed, and there you have a tablecloth table. A superb modern design, very cleverly produced, that would grace any room.
Shaun

Perspex Pendant Light

This perspex pendant light looks amazing, I love the way the warm glow of the light graduates through the separate sheets of acrylic. Looking at the light from different angles gives different light effects and colours. A very simple construction, consisting of multiple squares of acrylic with the centre cut out to accommodate the lamp/bulb, attached to each other with four spacers, one in each corner. This example called Shimmer is designed by Timothy Ben, made from 5 different colours of acrylic sheet and available in different colours and sizes. The colour options are only restricted by the variety of coloured acrylic sheet available, either using a single colour or multiple colours in the same lamp. It would even be possible to produce this so the panels could be interchangeable, giving different lighting effects as required. A really great product, giving us ideas for the future.

Shaun

Clearly Modern

Acrylic Helicopter

This perspex helicopter has a fully working rotor, powered by its own solar panel. Made from thin gauge laser cut clear acrylic, which easily clips together without the use of solvent glue. This solar powered helicopter kit is a great demonstration of how efficient modern solar cells are. It is able to fully power up with just the light from a desk lamp. I think it would be even more impressive if it were able to fly. Great fun none the less and educational, it could also be personalised with vinyl graphics and used as a promotional item, a unique desk ornament. I want one!

Shaun

Clearly Modern

Laser Technology

Laser technology has come a long way since Flash Gordon’s time, Ming the merciless and his death ray have very little on modern machines. Over the years machines have got safer, smaller and cheaper, making their processes more versatile and accessible. These acrylic tables and tray are fun examples of laser cutting. They show how accurate and neat the cut can be, it would be impossible to achieve the same results using a router, the laser has a very fine cut enabling it to do far more intricate work. The added bonus being that as it cuts through the acrylic, the heat of the laser polishes the edges. The strength of the laser can also be adjusted to engrave or etch into the acrylic, this example of Motorhead’s warpig has been etched on the back of a piece of 15mm thick acrylic, then attached to a piece of 5mm frosted black to show the etching. Any designs, patterns, names or company logos could be incorporated in our furniture designs.

Shaun

Clear Acrylic Cot

This clear acrylic cot looks great, modern and sleek, but is it practical? As a Daddy to 6 month old Lyric this design caught my eye. It looks to be standard cot type construction, two ends, two sides and a base. The sides have a series of polished routed slots for air circulation, which attach to the base. The two solid pieces the ends. This cot is probably made from 10mm thick clear acrylic. The plus side would be being able to see what your baby’s up to, without having to look over the sides of a cot. It is going to wipe clean easily, will it make baby feel secure? Will you be able to check up on baby, without getting spotted? Will baby settle with all of the distractions in the room in constant full view? I love the design but don’t think this one’s for me or my baby. The other two versions have mixed wood and acrylic together, just leaving the sides made out of acrylic. One uses laser cut patterned panels for the sides, I love the old style legs on this version, it reminds me of an old TV set. The other has routed slats as has the first example. These I would consider using myself, with the wood going all around the outside of the acrylic, framing it on both versions. It would be like watching your kid on TV, what could be better?

Shaun