This project was an exercise in the design process, from ideation and sketching, to iteration and refinement.
I was given a prompt to create a box (any box) that was both functional, aesthetically pleasing, and which showed a high level of craft.
I began by sketching a few possibilities in my sketchbook. I wanted a box of small size (to make its construction feasible for the time allowance of the project) but also purposeful, so I settled on a jewelry box. While I explored a sliding-drawer type box first, I was enchanted by the idea of swiveling drawers.
My first attempt at sketching a jewelry box was over-complicated and would have been technically difficult to execute. Where I had two pivot points in the first sketch, I simplified it to one in my next iterations. I also sketched some of the methods I would use to construct the box with foam core, including a way to make a curve which involved cutting even, 1/8″ slits. This method produced a pattern that reminded me of the flutes of ionic columns, so I added flourishes to resemble the volutes of the column capitals.
I began by testing my methods of construction on a small piece of foam core to see if I could proceed to the full-sized box construction. It worked, so I made templates for the stationary planes, the drawer bases, and the drawer sides. After a few attempts, I successfully constructed the box, making sure the central cylinder was secure and stationary.
I took the box in for critique, and after some feedback and further examination, I decided to remove the flourishes on the sides. I then finished the box by covering the cut edges with thin strips of cardstock.