Design students' history-inspired furniture

20:42, Feb 19 2013
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MAKING HISTORY: Third year industrial design students Abraham Hollingsworth, left and Simon Ellison with the furniture they designed and made for the Victoria University exhibition Drawn/Object.

Simon Ellison's 1930s-inspired table, called Leveilla, is a sleek centrepiece at aVictoria University Architecture School exhibition, which opened last night.

Twenty-five design students have created furniture using modern digital fabrication processes.

The exhibition is the culmination of an assignment brief they have been working on for two semesters.

Mr Ellison, 21, created the laminated plywood piece of furniture using techno-craft Computer Numerical Control (CNC) to create the two moulds for the table.

"It is inspired by the 1930s.

"They did a lot of experimentation with plywood design and came up with some well-made beautiful concepts."

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Using the moulds meant he was able to eliminate any inaccuracies.

"I then glued six sheets of 2.7-millimetre plywood together, bent it into the moulds and clamped it in place until the glue dried. "The grain of the ply makes it really flexible so you can get some nice curves in handmade furniture."

The furniture will be displayed at the Wellington architecture school in Vivian St until March 1.

The Dominion Post