Crate Chair

Gerrit Rietveld

Crate Chair by Gerrit Rietveld
Crate Chair

Designed by Gerrit Rietveld
Published in Fall 2019

Rietveld’s Crate Chair (1934) was designed with a particular interest in using recycled materials. Building instructions for most of Rietveld’s designs have since been published in the 1986 book How to Construct Rietveld Furniture. Because this chair was originally produced, and it was not designed specifically as a DIY chair, it does require quite a lot of wood and more time spent with a saw. Assembly time is about 3 hours and the average cost is under 50 USD.

Crate Chair by Gerrit Rietveld
Crate Chair by Gerrit Rietveld
Assembly
Index
Parts
Smooth Planed Pine Wood, 1in x 6in (20.5mm x 144mm)
*Any popular softwood can also be used, like Redwood. Metric measurements above are actual, not nominal, and availability may vary by location. 18mm x 144mm wood can also be used, though arm and back rest measurements will need to be adjusted.
 
Quantity required: 3 pieces 19.75in (500mm) long, 6 pieces 15.75in (400mm) long, 4 pieces 24.25in (620mm) long, 1 piece 17in (430mm) long, 1 piece 18.5in (468mm) long
Flat Head Wood Screws, #6 x 1-1/2in (4 x 35mm)
 
Quantity required: 64
Tools
Hand Saw
Power Drill
Drill Bits
Ruler or Tape Measure
Screwdriver
Square (or flat object with 90 degree angle)
Sandpaper, 180 Grit
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Two by One Chair

Ian Anderson

Two by One Chair by Ian Anderson
Two by One Chair

Design and photography by Ian Anderson
Published in Fall 2019

Featured in the essay Make This Chair., the Two by One Chair design was used as a pretext to pursue a discussion on DIY and the modern condition. It requires a minimal amount of materials by utilizing the triangle to both enhance the structure of the chair and define its aesthetic (much in the same way Enzo Mari and Tord Boontje did with their DIY designs). The full assembly process takes about 2 hours to complete and the parts cost less than 20 USD on average.

Two by One Chair by Ian Anderson
Two by One Chair by Ian Anderson
Two by One Chair by Ian Anderson
Two by One Chair by Ian Anderson
Assembly
Index
Parts
Smooth Planed Pine Wood, 1in x 2in (20mm x 34mm)
*Any popular softwood can also be used, like Redwood. Metric measurements above are actual, not nominal, and availability may vary by location. 18mm x 34mm or 19mm x 38mm wood cuts will also work.
 
Quantity required: 2 pieces 34.5in (88cm) long, 6 pieces 27.5in (70cm) long, 2 pieces 15.75in (40cm) long, 2 pieces 17.75in (45cm) long, 10 pieces 20in (50cm) long
Flat Head Wood Screws, #6 x 1-1/2in (4 x 35mm)
 
Quantity required: 70
Tools
Hand Saw
Power Drill
Drill Bits
Ruler or Tape Measure
Screwdriver
Square (or flat object with 90 degree angle)
Sandpaper, 180 Grit
Help Each Other

Utility Pendant Light

Aandersson

DIY globe pendant light designed by Aandersson
Utility Pendant Light

Design and photography by AANDERSSON
Published in Spring 2019

Designed alongside the One Gallon Floor Lamp and using similar utility-oriented parts, this pendant light replaces the standard pull chain switch and exaggerates the simple task of turning on a light. The full assembly process takes about 2 hours to complete. Steps include drilling a hole in the acrylic ball shade, wiring the lamp, and installing the moving strap switch. The parts cost a little over 100 USD on average.

DIY globe pendant light designed by Aandersson
DIY globe pendant light designed by Aandersson
Assembly
Note: Some parts will need to be replaced for lighting being used outside of USA, Canada and Mexico.
Index
Parts
Nylon Eye-and-Eye Yellow Strap, 3ft (92cm) Length, 1in (2.5cm) Width
Quantity required: 1
Neckless Acrylic Ball, 10in (26cm) w/ 4in (10.5cm) Hole
Quantity required: 1
Satin Nickel 1/8 ips Slip Canopy Crossbar Set
Quantity required: 1
Vacuum Chrome Canopy with 1/8ips Slip Through Hole
Quantity required: 1
Phenolic Socket Cluster with Pull Chain Switch
Quantity required: 1
Polished Nickel Plated Neckless Ball Holder w/ Insert for 4in (10.5cm) Hole
Quantity required: 1
White 18/2 SVT Power Cord, 8ft (3m) length
Quantity required: 1
Large Wire Nut with Spring Insert
Quantity required: 2
Straight Female Threaded Coupling, Nickel Plated, 1/2in W X 9/16in H, 1/8IPS
Quantity required: 1
Male Threaded Strain Relief, Polished Nickel, 1/8ips
Quantity required: 1
Pipe with 1/8ips female thread, Nickel Finish, 6in (15cm) length
Quantity required: 1
Threaded Hollow Nipple, 1.25in (3cm) length, 1/8 IPS
Quantity required: 1
Light Bulb for Medium Socket, Small, LED: 2-4 Watts
Quantity required: 2
Tools
Power Drill
Hole Saw, 1.5in (4cm)
Utility Knife
Screwdriver, Flat Head
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