sasha ritter + armand graham sculpt totoro wooden stools with a robot
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mar 19, 2014
sasha ritter + armand graham sculpt totoro wooden stools with a robot


sasha ritter + armand graham sculpt totoro wooden stools with a robot
all images courtesy of sasha ritter + armand graham

 

 

 

showcasing the natural beauty found in silver maple wood, the ‘totoro collection’ is a series of stools designed in collaboration by new york-based armand graham of timbr and sasha ritter. the versatile pieces are created from logs found in ithaca and crafted using a robot, which was previously employed by the automotive industry. the two ton arm of the machine was able to translate the computer generated form into a precise sculptural reality that could not have been achieved by hand. the object’s cracking, which occurs during the drying phase represents a tension between the manufacturing process and the natural material. this creates a different final outcome each time, no matter how much control the technology offers, the natural material has a life of its own.

 


view of the underside

 


the totoro in use as a side table

 


the robot begins to carve totoro

 


rough pass

 


final pass

 


the robot at work

 

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sasha and armand testing it out

 


a digital rendering of the collection

 


top view

 


wood for the totoros are salvaged from scrap pieces from upstate new york

 

 

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