I’ve been working off and on for months on a furniture project, a set of cabinet door panels inspired by the Japanese woodworking art of kumiko. Today I was finally able to laser cut a full-scale prototype of the project.
Here’s a look at the Illustrator file, a painstakingly assembled collection of hexagons, based on three archetypes:
Here’s what was left in the laser:
I couldn’t be happier with the result, and it’s particularly thrilling to hold in my hand something that has lived for so long inside my head and on a computer screen.
Update – Amazing when backlit!