The high-profile conversion of the TWA terminal to a hotel is being done by Amish artisans from Highland Wood Products of Millersburg, Ohio, and Hilltop Woodworking of Fredericksburg, Ohio.
Designer Vincent Pocsik has debuted a line of furnishings of walnut, carved – Pocsik is skilled in digital fabrication – at his Los Angeles studio, and ebonized or finished naturally with oil.
Brass insets unify the striking line, which includes dining, coffee, and occasional tables, stools, and a cutting board. Pocsik, who has a masters in architecture from Southern California Institute of Architecture, has moved into furniture design, and brings to bear a structural approach to his work in wood.
He is equally adept in traditional joinery and digital tools, applying CNC fabrication in moderation, when it is called for, as one more implement in his toolset.
“I respect traditional design methods, but my skills are also rooted in the digital era,” Pocsik says. “You have to balance traditional design methods, but also traditional methods of construction, because they are incredibly necessary in woodworking, especially in fine woodworking. But you can combine these with digital fabrication. Traditional methods of fabrication shouldn’t limit either side.”
Pocsik feels that furniture design risks getting overly reliant on digital fabrication. “When people rely on it a lot, then it becomes evident they were using that tool,” he says. “It becomes more of a crutch. I like to use the CNC, but it is a tool, like the other tools.”Pocsik is at work on Series 002 of his furniture line, a smaller series – more expressive and closer to one-off pieces, with more detail in the fabrication. He is at www.vincentpocsik.com
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This is my first exploration into 3d-printed furniture components. The goal is to come up with a system of simple wood pieces and 3D connectors that can be easily assembled to make a variety of furniture types.
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