Patient takes the Design Doctor’s advice
Some of you might remember the article “A Visit to the Design Doctor” (FWW#214, p. 60). Designer and furniture maker Hank Gilpin offered design advice to three readers. And those readers were brave souls, because they actually sent Hank photos of a piece of furniture they had made and he gave them an honest evaluation of its merits and shortfalls. Two of the readers, Stephen Harding and Brian Havens, later remade their pieces with Hank’s advice in mind. Brian recently sent me photos of his second take on his Asian-inspired cabinet-on-stand. I think he did a great job, and so does Hank.
Take a look at how well he did, and give him your congratulations in the comments section. He really is to be commended for volunteering in the first place, and for reworking his design.
Here's the original. This is a nice piece, but it does have a few problems.
This is Hank's take. He reworked the base and got rid of the inlaid characters.
Cabinet reborn. Havens's second attempt at the jewelry cabinet is a big improvement. Changing the base makes a huge difference.
Tall, thin, graceful. The new legs make the cabinet so much lighter, like a lithe ballerina rather than a squat lineman.
Two aprons are better than one. These two narrow aprons (or stretchers, I suppose) are just as strong as the big one Havens used on the original, but they are in greater harmony with the piece.
Nice handles. Havens got rid of the inlaid characters, turned the handles 90 degrees and gave them a subtle Asian flair. Nice work.