dry bar

  • Post published:January 15, 2014

Design deals in limits. This dry bar represents an on-going exploratory journey of self-imposed limits and constraints. In such pieces, there is a specific desire to design using only readily available “off-the-shelf” materials, using non-exclusive tools, and maintaining minimal tooling, fabrication, and complexity with hope for poetic unity when composed of the individual parts.

This specific iteration uses one 4’ × 8’ sheet of 3/4″ blondewood plywood for the case with no scrap leftover; pre-manufactured doors, cabinet hardware, and glass top; standard metal shapes for the legs and cross-brace; wood insert screws and elevator bolts for the feet and square nuts for an articulated stand-off detail.

It should be of no surprise such reductionism and “off-the-shelf” use of pre-manufactured parts results in an aesthetic appearance that throws back to the Eames’s Storage Unit (1949), but no such attempt to intently resemble the Eames was made. It’s just an emergence of the availability of the materials used and the limits imposed.