Media Desk for the Grid Wall

My good friend Austin Diehl  has designed a component for the Grid Wall! I think he did a great job and what I like most about it is that he literally took it in a direction that I did not consider; perpendicular! He also used a material other than CNC milled plywood, which I was also not thinking about; PVP pipe. This is also the first design that features 3D printed materials, which adds another area to explore for my thesis project.

Before I get into the specifics of the design, I want to mention the open source process here. I approached Austin to ask if he could help my by designing anything for the wall system I was creating. Every 2 weeks we would talk online about an updated file that he had worked on in his spare time. Early on, Austin was interested in designing a desk that would partition a space into two areas: one would be a computer work area and the other a TV entertainment area. After a few iterations, and using some details that I provided, Austin reconfigured the component to be a desk area with storage shelves.

Inviting other people into your design also invites new ideologies and assumptions, which is can be healthy as a design strategy. In the natural selection process, sometimes an organism can have a mutation, such as an albino bear. If this mutated bear thrives, and the organism lives on and reproduces, it could create a new species, like a polar bear. There are a few “mutations” in Austins designs that I didn’t expect which came from different assumptions and maybe even a lack of communications. These are welcomed and I’m interested in how they will live; if they will live on and reproduce or die out.

One mutation is that I assumed every component will be attached to the Grid Wall with nuts and bolts. Austin however just cut out the plywood pieces in conjunction to the horizontal structure members, eliminating the need to use bolts. Another mutation is using PVC pipes, because originally I only thought about using CNC milled plywood. I’m not sure if I 100% agree with it, but I want to try it out and see how successful it is.

Thank you again Austin for working on this project. I will be building the Media Desk for my final presentation. BY THE WAY the competition is ending April 3rd. You don’t need to create as much stuff as this to enter; it could be a very simple, small digitally fabricated design for the Grid Wall.

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The 8 plywood pieces that make up the component. All of the plywood pieces are interlocking and connect with plywood pegs included in the cut sheet.
Side elevation showing the PVC structural columns.
Side elevation showing the PVC structural columns.
This perspective shows the 3D printed pieces in blue which act as an easy to assemble connection detail between the PVC and the plywood. Electrical cords can fit through the 3D prints and the pipes to power a laptop or computer.
This perspective shows the 3D printed pieces in blue which act as an easy to assemble connection detail between the PVC and the plywood. Electrical cords can fit through the 3D prints and the pipes to power a laptop or computer.
Detail showing the connection of the 3D printed objects and the PVC pipes.
Detail showing the connection of the 3D printed objects and the PVC pipes.
Plan View
Plan View

If you’d like to see more information about how to build the desk, click here.

If you’d like to download the sketchup file and 3D printed files, click here.

 

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