Extruded FurnitureCelebrating the sustainable craft of aluminum extrusion
Design / Jimmy Jian
Type / Self-initiated project
Duration / 2 months
Year / 2021
Extruded Furniture is a series of furniture objects that celebrates the sustainable craft of aluminum extrusion. It also promotes the importance of aluminum recycling. All objects are constructed around extruded aluminum sheets with repetitive ‘O’ shapes, which creates a product line with the same functional and aesthetic identity.
This project follows a very intuitive development process. After deciding to create furniture with aluminum extrusion, I started to build various 3D models to try out compositions and shapes, then picked out the ones that I think have potential.
Design Story: Object 01
The first object is a stool. The stool is made of two extruded aluminum sheets that each formed by arranging four circles, and two pieces of translucent matte acrylic. The composition of this stool guides the user to place daily objects under it. The color of the object interacts with the translucent acrylic, creating unique everyday aesthetics.
Design Story: Object 02
The second object is a shelf. The shelf is made of three extruded aluminum sheets that each formed by arranging eight circles, and aluminum tube with different lengths. This shelf, all composed of basic shapes, is like a 2D layout in 3D space. While meeting functionality, it also creates a minimalist and timeless lifestyle.
Design Story: Object 03
The last one is a table. The table is made of an extruded aluminum sheet that is formed by arranging eighteen circles, and a huge hollow aluminum tube. The unique composition makes it look like an industrial sculpture, and the hollow feature makes it suitable for storage.