Archive for the ‘Precedent’ Category

During our “Working Designers” precedent studies on Wednesday, I was struck by a couple of divisions within the design world that came up in presentation after presentation. design for mass-production versus limited-edition objects: Some designers (like my precedent, Jasper Morrison) feel their efforts are best spent making things that get into the hands of the […]


For my “working designer” precedent this quarter I studied Jasper Morrison, an English industrial designer whose products include everything from silverware to an entire tram system (including a fair bit of furniture in between). My presentation file:  Jasper Morrison (PDF) My findings are in the attached PDF. The highlights: Morrison is in many ways the […]


As a casework precedent study, I chose this piece by the celebrated Art Nouveau architect Victor Horta–in fact a piece from Horta’s own house. I chose it because it neither hangs on a wall nor fills up a gap in a wall, but fully inhabits and participates in its space; the wall nook would not […]


For my joinery precedent I chose the Tusk Tenon (also known as the Wedge Tenon or Keyed Tenon)–one of many, many variants in the mortise & tenon family. The unique advantage of this joint is that it is strong and rigid, but non-permanent. This means it can be disassembled and reassembled repeatedly: portable flat-pack furniture, […]


Our field trip this week was my second visit to the Gordon House, Frank Lloyd Wright’s only work in Oregon. Our focus was to experience the interior space, and the effective use of built-in storage in particular. I found it a really humane, well-proportioned space. 3 aspects stood out for me (and lot of classmates): […]