jak was a project where 3 team members and myself worked with Walrus Design Inc., a Vancouver-based boutique design shop to create a unique product that was easily reproducible and financially viable. In this project our aim was to take something old and give it a new twist by changing the material and aesthetic communication.
The design process ended up being a complicated test of material limits because with the first couple prototypes the veneer failed to bend the way we wanted it to. We made a very complicated mold (shown below) intended to twist the veneer but the grain of the wood kept causing it to crack so we had to go back to the drawing board. After playing with samples of the material we were able to go back and find a way to bend the veneer without destroying it.