Before I could really start thinking about the social, economic, and political ramifications of digital design and fabrication tools, I spent a lot of time just playing with them.

Some doodles follow. First, a few excerpts from my experiments designing chairs with a single line:

I also designed specifically for the tools I had available. These chairs were rough mockups of things that could be made with 3-axis CNC machines:

I made a couple prototypes from scrap material, too. I thought of it as groundwork for thought work I did later (see here). Thank you to design bunker and student.design for features.

I'm interested in why every designer or architect (including me) seems drawn to making chairs.

I wonder if it's because they're an interesting way to talk about our bodies. Or if it's just that we spend so much time around them and in them. This may be an upcoming topic of further thought/writing.