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"Flying Dragon" Cabinet
The name was inspired by this Chinese saying:
The saying encapsulates the spirit and energy of auspicious animals in Chinese culture.
My dad has always been an avid collector of Chinese antiques. I grew up with the fascination for shapes and forms, the patterns in the ornamentation, and the intricate layouts and layers of each antique.
In the making of this foam-core cabinet, I drew inspiration from the curiosity I had as a kid for the precious chests and objects that filled our basement and I aimed to translate that wonder into a piece of my own.
All edges were beveled at a 45 degree angle so no foam or glue showed and all joints were seamless.
Top section, doors, and lid installation.
The bold stance of the Longteng Gui captures the essence of the Chinese saying, "Dragon fly, Tiger leap."
Details such as the arches in the base, ornamentation, red latch, and overall form draw connections to Chinese antiques and architecture.
Holds large sketchpads, books, an iPad, other large flat items
Divided storage for pens, pencils, 6 inch rulers, other small items
Slot for notebooks, sketchbooks, paper, other thin items
Larger slot for books, rolls of tape, small binders, other thick items
Hidden drawer for valuables such as a diary, wallet, or phone
Front views with hidden drawer open (L) and closed (R).
Turning the red latch opens the front doors to the inside of the main compartment. Sections 1, 2, and 3 are revealed.
A close-up of the top section shows a large compartment divided with shallow rectangle cut-outs to guide organization. The small box on the left can hold paperclips, pins, and other loose items.
A special feature of the cabinet is the hidden drawer tucked flush under the main compartment. Accessible only by a discreet handle, you can safely store valuable personal items such as a phone, wallet, or diary.
This was a project assigned in my Sophomore year fall semester Industrial Design Design Principles 1 class taught by Professor Lusine Corsini.
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