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Skeuomorphic cabinet

2018

 

A skeuomorph is an aspect within a design that is still present, but has lost its practical function. In carpentry there are many examples of skeuomorphism. Fake wooden joints are applied by carpenters to provide their furniture with an ambiance of craft and authenticity. The aesthetics of these purely functional items have become desirable and appreciated as decorative ornaments. But how should designers approach these skeuomorphs? fooling people by adding fake wooden joints that appear to be constructional? Or should designers embrace the fact that these once functional aspects have become mere ornaments, and approach them as such. The design for this cabinet is a speculative approach of this idea, and aims to illustrate how once functional joints could be transformed into ornaments that clearly show their purely decorative status. In the design of this cabinet I implemented three wooden joints that were common to use in the past but have since been replaced by modern techniques. A z shape construction, used in doors. A wooden wedge used to anchor a joint, and a comb joint commonly used in drawers. The grain of the wood clearly shows that these elements have no constructional purpose and are purely decorative.