Nov
16
2010
2

Leo Kempf Conversation Table

I designed and built the first iteration of this table in 2006.  Since then it’s been reshaped, built from wood and cardboard, been seen in magazines, galleries, and design show houses.  The iconic “speech bubble” shape makes this a unique table a great conversation piece.

Corrugated cardboard, hardboard, and laminated hardboard spacers.
33″L x 20.25″D x 18″H

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Nov
16
2010
0

Crooked Mantle

This wall shelf is all about the simple tilt of the internal space.  It’s recycled tire inlay contrasts and gives the piece a nice texture.

FSC Birch, recycled tires
48″W x 12″H x 7″L

May still be available at 360SEE Gallery.

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Nov
16
2010
4

Tired Lounge

The Tired Lounge was an experiment with the material: Hoosier sprint car tires.  The shape is a simple curve with two recessed rockers to give the appearance of floating.  The soft rubber was cleaned, coated, cut into strips, stretched and woven.  I’m 6’2″ and the chair was very relaxing and comfortable.

FSC Birch, recycled tires
25″W x 31″H x 50″L

It may still be available at 360SEE Gallery.

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Nov
17
2009
1

Portable Chicken Coop

We needed a home for our chickens, so I designed and built them this portable coop.  Even the bottom is fenced.  The side opens for easy clean/feed access.  The door in the back is where you grab the eggs.  There are wheels on the back to allow it to pivot easier when you lift the front.  Hey, the chickens like it.

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Nov
17
2008
0

Sketches, paintings, random

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Nov
07
2008
0

Olive’s Cat Condo

When I get a chance to build something, like a house for my new cat, I take advantage of it.  I mean, why waste your time building something that you can buy at Walmart?  I sketched it on an envelope and built it in an afternoon.

I made this house for my cat, Olive. She enters through a door in the bottom side and then ascends a ramp, which boosts her to the upper level. The front wall is plexi-glass, the floor is 2.5 inch thick old sheepskin rug, and my wife made some small paintings that hang on the walls. There is also a big cardboard scratching porch. Cats love to scratch and relax on cardboard. The top is removable and the glass slides out for maintenance.

Yes, that’s a deceased mouse on her porch.

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Nov
17
2006
1

Color Mixing Light Concept

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Nov
17
2006
0

Cessna Mustang Interior

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Nov
17
2006
1

Enviromate Programmable Thermostat Concept

This project involved creating the name, brand, corporate materials, and the product.  For me, the most interesting and important part of the project was learning methods for testing ideas with users.  Knowing what questions to ask and what to look/listen for in responses are more subtle than you’d think.  The process started with some foam board and paper models, but also involved flowcharts, scenarios, profiles, and finally virtual prototypes where I could watch a user go through a scenario on the computer.  Check out the final virtual thermostat!

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