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.

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

Clearly modern

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

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

Clearly modern

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

Just How Strong is Acrylic?

Just how strong is acrylic? Fancy finding out like this? I think this proves the answer. Without the cage, you wouldn’t stand a chance with this massive salt-water crocodile. For adrenaline junkies a new tourist attraction has opened in Crocasarus Cove, in the heart of the city of Darwin in the northern territories of Australia. With just a pair of goggles and swimming trunks, paying customers get into an acrylic cage, called the “cage of death”. This is then lowered into Choppa’s lair. The cage has no bars, unlike a shark diving cage, this prevents the reptiles from gripping on. There are however deep teeth marks, which apparently put some punters off. They then spend fifteen minutes in the nine foot high cage watching Choppa, who lost both his front feet fighting other crocodiles, try to take a bite out of them. The cage is made from 40mm thick clear acrylic and can withstand everything that Choppa can throw at it, most of our furniture is made from 20mm…. I think it’s probably strong enough!

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

More Acrylic Designer Handbags

More designer handbags, these ones are more art than practical though. All made from solid acrylic encapsulating various animals and guns. The chameleon bag is my favourite, It’s called ” Grandma’s Bag Revisited”, this version has a functional, but rather small top part, made by Louis Vuitton. Complete with gold plated trim and a smiling chameleon, a snip at €25,000. All of these creations are made by Ted Noten, a Dutch jewellery designer and conceptual artist. He is especially known for his “Turbo Princess” pendant, featuring a little mouse wearing a small pearl necklace. Since 2005 his design company Atelier Ted Noten, or ATN, has extended its jewellery creations towards interior design projects. All very beautiful and clever concepts. edu gov link building
Shaun

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