My name is Matthew Negron and I am an Industrial Design student preparing to enter my 5th year at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. At NJIT I am part of the Division I athletics program and have been heavily involved on campus in a variety of roles. Currently I work full-time for a high end furniture company, known as DESIRON, which is located in New York City.
The project’s objective was to design an haute-couture furniture collection under my own brand identity. The collection would focus on the materials and would divert from stereotypical furniture shapes.
I focused a lot of my research from the fashion industry on Karl Lagerfeld. Karl usually designed with a monochromatic color scheme and a minimalist perspective. I wanted to take Karl’s design ideals and translate them into furniture /product designs.
The side table was made from Corian (1/2” & ¼” thickness) and Pickled & Oil Steel. If you are ever working with Corian and want a very smooth finish wet sand the corian with 800 grit sand paper. Also, wet sanding the Corian will take away any visible scratch marks and/or discoloration that may have appeared while machining the corian. The majority of my products were built at the DESIRON factory in Kenilworth, NJ and from my very own backyard in Union, NJ.
The obstacle I encountered was the geometry of the table would not allow for the table to be well balanced. I overcame this obstacle by insetting a steel substrate throughout the entire table – the steel is completely concealed unless if you look underneath the table.
Author: Matthew Negron