Posted on January 15th, 2014 by pmacdowell

Posted under: construction, Installations + Exhibitions, NADLAB

For the Manhattan office of engineering firm Simpson, Gumpertz and Heger we harnessed the material and processes frequently analyzed by SGH staff to produce minimal furniture for their copy-room and reception area. The pieces were built by NADAAA in our Boston fabrication space.

_MG_1200Plate steel is plasma-cut off-site.  Extruded stock is cut and prepared in-house.

_MG_1280The CNC-cut plates are used to jig the steel frames of the shelving units, which are fully-welded, then tacked to the plate.

_MG_1294Blocking and clamps are used for fit-up, ensuring all elements are square and parallel.

_MG_1337The randomized fin pattern of the reception desk is achieved with spacers of different widths. These spacers ensure that all fins are perfectly parallel. The fins are subtly tacked to the back of the frames so that the connection is not visible.


_MG_1357The 3/8″ thick base plates of the reception desk are leveled and the vertical elements are plumbed, clamped, and welded.

_MG_1369The reception desk is built in three monolithic elements, each carefully designed with respect to the clearances necessary for installation.

_MG_1314Parke failed to measure the truck… good thing he’s lucky.

sgh_nyc_01aThe robust copy-room tables and shelves resolve functional requirements with an absolute minimum of details: Vertical planes float past slender vertical members.

sgh_receptionDesk_00The reception desk operates as an “inflated” I-beam, with blackened-steel plates connected by a web of irregularly spaced fins.

sgh_receptionDesk_01The patterning of the fins creates shifting perceptions of transparency and opacity from different vantages.

sgh_receptionDesk_04Welds are placed in such a way that the end product reads as a pure assemblage of orthogonal planes.



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