DESIGNS & WORKSHOPS BY A DIVERSE TEAM OF COLLABORATIVE DESIGNER-MAKERS

THINKING

HAND

STUDIOS

Ambient screen design with LED lighting. Designed by Thinking Hand Studios.

 

A SELECTION OF OUR COMMERCIAL DESIGNS DESMONSTRATING DIFFERENT APPROACHES FROM OUR VARIED CREATIVE BACKGROUNDS IN TRADITIONAL FURNITURE MAKING & ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN

AMBIENT

SCREENS

Ultra modern atmospheric spaces for homes & businesses. Available as free standing screens as well as internal cladding options for immerse atmospheric effects.

Ambient screen design detail of cedar & ebony hinge. Designed by Thinking Hand Studios. 

Above: Double layer Webb design screen detail with LED lighting Below: derivation of screen patterns

Left: detail of cedar, ebony copper & brass hinge mechanism

Ambient screen design, webbed pattern, double layer. Designed by Thinking Hand Studios.

Screen patterns are natural abstractions carrying embodied ideas of nature & materiality.

Ambient screen design, mangrove pattern. Designed by Thinking Hand Studios.
Ambient screen design, webbed pattern. Designed by Thinking Hand Studios.
Ambient screen design, bubble pattern. Designed by Thinking Hand Studios.
Ambient screen design veiw of cedar & ebony hinge. Designed by Thinking Hand Studios. 
Ambient screen design detail of cedar & ebony hinge with copper & brass. Designed by Thinking Hand Studios. 

All components are available separately so panels can be changed or modified with LED lighting system at any time

Combination of Cedar frames with Ebony, copper & brass hinge mechanism

 

LED LIGHTING UNITS

Effects can be further enhanced with the addition of LED lighting units independently lighting both front & rear screens with programmed colour shifting effects.

 

Light & colour used independently on the front screen, between screens & space behind create dynamic effects of foreground middle ground & background.

 

 

The plane is the basic architectural unit to organise space.  It can contain, divide, connect, hide or reveal using scale, texture, materiality & degrees of transparency to create presence, spatial quality & atmosphere.

 

Ambient screen design with LED lighting. Designed by Thinking Hand Studios.
Ambient screen design with LED lighting. Designed by Thinking Hand Studios.
Ambient screen design with LED lighting. Designed by Thinking Hand Studios.

TRIANGULAR

STOOL

A versatile modular unit able to combine to form adjustable seating & work surfaces in free standing & wall mounted configurations

Modular triangular stool design by Thinking Hand Studios.  View showing different heights of free standing arrangements
Modular triangular stool design by Thinking Hand Studios.  View showing different heights of free standing arrangements
Modular triangular stool design by Thinking Hand Studios.  View showing combination of wall mount & free standing arrangements
Modular triangular stool design by Thinking Hand Studios.  View showing different heights of free standing arrangements
Modular triangular stool design by Thinking Hand Studios.  View showing different heights of free standing arrangements
Modular triangular stool design by Thinking Hand Studios.  View showing desk & stool positions of free standing arrangements

ARRANGEMENT 1 FREE STANDING

Simple functional units  which combine to allow for a spontaneous adjustable seating & work surface arrangements to adapt to changing activities .

Battens act as interlocking teeth making adjustment simple, quick & secure

 

The hollow interior provides opportunity for storage or lighting

 

Modular triangular stool design by Thinking Hand Studios.  View showing unit 1
Modular triangular stool design by Thinking Hand Studios.  View showing unit 2
Modular triangular stool design by Thinking Hand Studios.  View showing unit 3
Modular triangular stool design by Thinking Hand Studios.  View showing desk & stool positions both free standing & wall mount options
Modular triangular stool design by Thinking Hand Studios.  View showing desk & stool positions both free standing & wall mount options
Modular triangular stool design by Thinking Hand Studios.  View showing desk & stool positions both free standing & wall mount options

ARRANGEMENT 2

WALL MOUNT

Wall mount arrangement is possible with the addition of batten system allowing a single unit to act as seat, work surface or alternatively be removed & combined with free standing configurations.

Unit 1: Suitable for both free standing & wall mounted

Unit 2: Suitable for free standing configurations only.

Unit 3: Suitable for wall mounted configurations only - requires batten unit

(removable cushions available as needed)

Box stool design by Thinking Hand Studios.  View showing different stool orientations & storage compartments
Box stool design by Thinking Hand Studios.  View showing interactive LED options
Box stool design by Thinking Hand Studios.  Top view showing interactive LED options.

BOX

STOOL

A compact & expressive design with storage space, height adjustment, different  orientations & leather cushion

interactive lighting options

Box stool design by Thinking Hand Studios.  View showing adjustable stool heights

SCULPTURAL PURISM

Purism dispensed with superficial elements emphasizing objectivity & clarity of form in the machine age. “Purism wants to conceive clearly, execute loyally, exactly without deceits; it abandons troubled conceptions, summary or bristling executions. A serious art must banish all techniques not faithful to the real value of the conception” Purist manifesto, Le Corbusier and Amédée Ozenfant, 1918.

GLUELESS

CHAIR

Influenced by two iconic chairs both with expressive forms descriptive of structural forces.

The traditional African chief chair, commonly seen throughout Africa consists of two easily transportable removable interlocking components,  an elegant demonstration of simplicity & functionality.

Cedar & ebony chair design by Thinking Hand Studios. The design uses glueless Japanese joints
This detail is taken from a chair design by Thinking Hand Studios. glueless japanese joint made from cedar & ebony. 

Hard queen ebony pegs fix the  comparatively soft cedar tenon & mortise joints with friction & pressure.

This detail is taken from a chair design by Thinking Hand Studios. glueless japanese joint made from cedar & ebony. 
This detail is taken from a chair design by Thinking Hand Studios. glueless japanese joint made from cedar & ebony. 

 use no glue, instead relying on the complementary qualities of two timber types.

 

 

 

TRADITIONAL JAPANESE JOINTS

JAPANESE

TABLE

The average art & design book contains 200 pages, at least 20% images suggesting roughly  11 square metres of images hidden away on your book shelf.

 

The concept of this table was to create a book display for the home or office to encourages interaction. A bare wood & glass skeleton with paper cladding.

 

Japanese table deisgn by Thinking Hand Studios. The design uses glueless Japanese joints

Expression of structure, materiality,  layering & transparency are features of Japanese architecture.

Japanese table deisgn by Thinking Hand Studios. Detail abstracted from Japanese Azekura architecture

JAPANESEDETAILS

Above: Image by Ignis [CC BY-SA 2.5, 2.0.1.0], via Wikimedia Commons- Modified

Detail borrowed from Japanese Azekura architectural style seen in early centuries AD commonly seen in wooden store houses

 

Traditional Japanese joints use no glue, instead relying on the complementary qualities of two timber types.

Japanese table deisgn by Thinking Hand Studios. Detail shows glueless Japanese joints.

JAPANESEPROPORTIONS

Using elements of form and proportion from traditional Japanese architecture

MATERIALS: IRON BARK, BRASS, GLASS

DIMENSIONS: W 560mm x L 960mm x H 390mm

VARIABLE OPTIONS: MATERIALS, DIMENSIONS

 

Cube stool deisgn by Thinking Hand Studios. Interconnecting sculptural unit with multiple orientations.

A  FUNCTIONAL SCULPTURE OF INTERLOCKING UNITS WITH MULTIPLE ORIENTATIONS OFFERING UNIQUE AESTHETIC & FUNCTIONAL OPPORTUNITIES.

CUBE

STOOL

Cube stool deisgn by Thinking Hand Studios. Interconnecting sculptural unit with multiple orientations.
Cube stool deisgn by Thinking Hand Studios. Interconnecting sculptural unit with multiple orientations.
Cube stool deisgn by Thinking Hand Studios. Interconnecting sculptural unit with multiple orientations.

Each unit is a sculpture with many orientations. By itself it functions as a single stool.  when combined with another in the retracted position it functions as a single stool, two stools when both units are separated & a side table with shelves & compartments when partially retracted & turned on one side.

the  form evolved from feedback between desired  aesthetic qualities & their functional & structural implications. the result is a unity between these three requirements expressing a modular, transforming & organic form

 

Cube stool deisgn by Thinking Hand Studios. Interconnecting sculptural unit with multiple orientations.
Cube stool deisgn by Thinking Hand Studios. Interconnecting sculptural unit with multiple orientations.
Cube stool deisgn by Thinking Hand Studios. Interconnecting sculptural unit with multiple orientations.
Cube stool deisgn by Thinking Hand Studios. Interconnecting sculptural unit with multiple orientations.
Cube stool deisgn by Thinking Hand Studios. Interconnecting sculptural unit with multiple orientations.
Cube stool deisgn by Thinking Hand Studios. Interconnecting sculptural unit with multiple orientations.
Cube stool deisgn by Thinking Hand Studios. Interconnecting sculptural unit with multiple orientations.
Cube stool deisgn by Thinking Hand Studios. Interconnecting sculptural unit with multiple orientations.
Cube stool deisgn by Thinking Hand Studios. Interconnecting sculptural unit with multiple orientations.
Cube stool deisgn by Thinking Hand Studios. Interconnecting sculptural unit with multiple orientations.
Cube stool deisgn by Thinking Hand Studios. Interconnecting sculptural unit with multiple orientations.

Thinking Hand Studios, Gold Coast. Ph: (07) 5535 1939, Unit 2, 53 Township Drive Burleigh Heads QLD 4220