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Bomb lamps, artillery tables, and armored credenzas - Stockpile Designs adds impact to your decor with a line of furniture and lighting using obsolete military equipment.

Coffee Table Prototype - Rough Assembly


Stockpile Design's blog covers upcoming designs and prototypes, shows and events, and the design community of Brooklyn, NY. Designer Jake Wright shares his creative process, decorating advice, and anecdotes about starting a business and trying to deliver antique bombs across state lines.

Coffee Table Prototype - Rough Assembly

Jake Wright

Rough Assembly 1

In the process of expanding the Stockpile product line, I make a lot of prototypes. Some are rickety failures initially unsuccessful, partially due to the difficulty of designing around pre-existing components. (And, perhaps, some overly-ambitious design elements on my part.) But every now and then, one comes together so well it feels like I've made it before. Every bolt falls in the right place, every angle comes out at 90°. Maybe I'm learning from my mistakes, or getting familiar with the materials. Whatever the reason, this coffee table was one of the smoothest projects I've ever designed. This is only the rough assembly, done to make sure the holes are in the right places and to make sure it won't collapse under its own weight. The wood isn't sanded or sealed, and most of the steel is unpainted. But this design is exciting for me, and not just because it's Stockpile's first coffee table. I took a cue from shared components in military design, and used one standard size of hardware. That way, this table can ship disassembled without forcing buyers through a fiendishly complicated set of instructions. Check out the gallery of steps in the prototyping process, with explanations of how the whole thing came together.