Lake Cabinet and Bed

With the increasing use of digital fabrication in the production of architecture the expressive task of the detail shifts from the articulation of joints to the articulation of surfaces.

  • Type Furniture
  • Location Lake Okoboji, Iowa
  • Date 2008

The cabinet is the primary built feature in the master bedroom of the House on Lake Okoboji. All sides of the cabinet are finished with horizontally-laminated Baltic Birch plywood (stacked slabs of plywood with veneer edges exposed). The front side becomes a large headboard for the bed, facing the lake view. Studying the morphology of rippling water, we developed a range of parameters for a computer animation of the water’s surface. We then optimized this surface for fabrication and output code for a 3-axis CNC router to cut the waveform into blank slabs of plywood prepared for the job. Here, the uniqueness of the supple surface is contrasted by the repetitive horizontality of the veneer layers.

Fabricated in Omaha, Nebraska by Colley Furniture Studio.

Project Awards

2008 AIA Nebraska Honor Award for Detail

Photography By Photography by Paul Crosby and John Reed Forsman
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