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by 73lotus
November 11th, 2009, 11:13 am
Forum: furniture
Topic: A little insight into your guys world.
Replies: 4
Views: 1477

Re: A little insight into your guys world.

I didn't go to college specifically for furniture design (actually, I fancied myself as an automotive designer at first) but late in the game I did a couple of furniture projects and found that area of design to be quite fascinating. It was around that time that I realized that I didn't go to the ri...
by 73lotus
September 22nd, 2009, 1:15 pm
Forum: furniture
Topic: What's your market?
Replies: 6
Views: 2149

Re: What's your market?

I did a 5 year stint in residential, mostly outdoor "causal" with some indoor upholstery and case goods thrown in for "fun." As far as outdoor went, we did everything (literally) from teak to cast aluminum to natural wicker and rattan, and everything in between - even outdoor kitchens and grills at ...
by 73lotus
September 22nd, 2009, 12:59 pm
Forum: materials and processes
Topic: 3D CAD to CNC
Replies: 10
Views: 1985

Re: 3D CAD to CNC

I have not worked with the "Toolpath" software, but I've worked with some older routers and associated software. In my experience, you will need to re-draw your parts in AutoCAD (as 2D lines - we are talking about flat parts, right?) before importing into the CNC software to get the best results. So...
by 73lotus
June 27th, 2009, 7:11 am
Forum: design employment
Topic: 4-6 years experience req'd... for Junior Designer position!
Replies: 19
Views: 4984

Its not just design - I see all kinds of entry level stuff, from professional to basic retail or similar, requiring years of experience for rather low salaries. Perhaps it is just the economy, or employers' perception of the job market, that makes those needing to hire think there are a number of jo...
by 73lotus
June 15th, 2009, 2:46 pm
Forum: furniture
Topic: How was this rattan chair constructed?
Replies: 4
Views: 1901

According to the B&B Italia website, it is a powder-coated aluminum frame wrapped/woven with "polyethylene rope". I don't see a rattan version (?) but this is what is commonly referred to as "synthetic wicker." You could do the same thing with real rattan/wicker, but it would require the same metal ...
by 73lotus
June 4th, 2009, 8:33 am
Forum: branding, packaging, & retail design
Topic: What's with the refreshes in 2009????
Replies: 58
Views: 9297

Even the private labels are revamping: From To Seeing the new packaging in stores, it certainly stands out next to more colorful packaging from almost everyone else. The "Great Val...
by 73lotus
June 4th, 2009, 8:26 am
Forum: transportation
Topic: How many designers does it take...
Replies: 11
Views: 15005

While I'm not so fond of the Supersport, it looked hot in the sketches/renderings. Maybe it looks better in person? I think the original Aero 8 tail is more in line with the retro take on the classic Morgan design, although the new back end treatment seems to work well on the AeroMax. I'm really dig...
by 73lotus
May 28th, 2009, 8:57 am
Forum: furniture
Topic: furniture society national conference
Replies: 3
Views: 1290

I'm not a member of the Furniture Society, but after reading through their 2009 conference pages, I might reconsider it. In the past I kept my distance due to their over-emphasis on studio/art furniture and their attitude towards everything else. They now seem to be trying to reach out to the furnit...
by 73lotus
April 16th, 2009, 8:43 am
Forum: furniture
Topic: Anyone going to High Point this year?
Replies: 5
Views: 1592

I've been in High Point twice a year for the last 5 years, but I don't see myself making it down this year (or possibly ever again for the Furniture Market). It is certainly on the way out, and most will argue that it has been for years. Vegas is rapidly driving the nails into the coffin. When much ...
by 73lotus
March 19th, 2009, 8:51 am
Forum: furniture
Topic: Who sells veneers?
Replies: 8
Views: 2597

How much veneer do you need? Its not too difficult to find small quantities/small sheets online or off, but larger sheets could be more difficult... Online: has a wide selection and most are available per piece Offline: go to your closest Woodcraft or similar specialty woodworking s...
by 73lotus
March 5th, 2009, 2:12 pm
Forum: design employment
Topic: negotiating employment
Replies: 12
Views: 2170

Typically, you'd want to sell yourself so well that you can ask for higher/better compensation and the employer will have a tough time saying no. These days, I don't know how well that really works, especially for something entry level. Think about just asking for more vacation time as opposed to gr...
by 73lotus
March 5th, 2009, 1:47 pm
Forum: furniture
Topic: Tipping over table - Stupid Quesiton?
Replies: 11
Views: 4313

At my previous employer, all tables had to pass a 50 lb. tip test, which involved placing 50 lbs of weight at the edge of the top in a location most likely to tip the table. Ideally, one wanted tables to be able to hold even more weight than that, but someone decided that 50 lbs was a good minimum (...
by 73lotus
February 25th, 2009, 9:40 am
Forum: general design discussion
Topic: everybody has their first paying project, here is mine
Replies: 29
Views: 3241

First paying "design" project was probably some metal and glass tables I was commissioned to build for an office lobby while still in high school, probably 1998 or 1999. I don't think I even knew what industrial design was at that time.......
by 73lotus
February 20th, 2009, 1:08 pm
Forum: design employment
Topic: Alternative jobs for a industrial designer...?
Replies: 11
Views: 2669

Scott Bennett, I totally agree! Personally, I've been hot on the path of starting my own business finally, after years of toying with the idea. With no job, and no prospects for the foreseeable future, I really have nothing to lose and much more to gain than I could ever get from a crap job "until t...
by 73lotus
February 19th, 2009, 11:43 am
Forum: design employment
Topic: Australian Mechanical Engineer thinking working ID in the US
Replies: 4
Views: 966

Depending on your sources, the economy in the US is bad or worse, although certain locations and industries still seem to be doing fine. Overall, there is a recession taking place, and in most areas jobs are not abundant. Being on the opposite side of the country, I don't really know what things are...