After some discussion on Twitter, I have decided to add the entire process, unedited, as it was sent to me by Tim. I think it is important to present it as it as such because each step is important to the process and leaving it out was a disservice to anyone wanting to try it. I didn’t include it originally because I am doing things a little differently than is described. I am going to use the seven designs that survived the initial cut as practice, so I will be taking them through the process all the way to the maquette. I may end up producing them all, but we’ll see…That’s going to be a lot of work! Enjoy!
- Day one: Sketch 20 variations on the table in 20 minutes. Take 5 sheets of paper quarter them and let your self go. Don’t worry about detail – this is all about form. Play with the curves. Limit yourself to the twenty minutes and focus on exploring – pick up on themes you like as the sketches evolve. This exercise is about tuning into design elements that are important to you. This is not about thinking – this is about channeling your inner moose.
- Get Elizabeth to look at them with you and identify the ones she likes best.
- Take another 20 minutes and explore the top sketches from the first exercise. Come up with 16-20 new sketches
- Elizabeth will pick the one she likes the best. Cheer loudly and drink wine.
- Next day: (Have you taken By Hand and By Eye?) Use proportions to refine the design – the overall proportions on the specific proportions – width of the base relative to the top height of the central column (if it survives the review).
- Next day build a maquette (or two). If you have some 1/8″ ply handy use that, or resaw some poplar for legs, use some veneer or other thin stock for the top.