When I was training as a cabinet maker I became friends with the owner of a clothing shop. He wanted to renew the overall look of his boutique to make it more elegant. Therefore he showed me a couple of references of wooden clothes racks and we agreed on a refined design using oak.
To this end I analysed the design of racks and broke it down to their fondamental parts; four legs and a crossbar. Te enhance the clarity of the construction, I decided to assemble them using no joint. Thus each element would keep its integrity while being a part of a system. I ended up designing inclined legs which would meet on one point and support the crossbar on another single one.
The legs being inclined in two directions, neither the side elevation nor the rear elevation can describe their real length (the contour of the legs appearing on the drawings are just a projection of this solide into space). In fact this is the mainspring of carpentry traditional drawing system. With the help of the carpentry headteacher of my school, I could solve this problem and calculate the different length, angles and holes position.
In conclusion, what appears to be evident often results from a long and complex design process. In this case, the final product is an uncluttered piece of furniture which tends to highlight the clothes put on it.
OAK CLOTHES RACK
Design & construction / 2017
11 rue des Clercs, 38000 Grenoble, France
Credits: Nicolas Pabion