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2010 February | Tomita Designs

SHIFT: A GREEN SALON

February 16th, 2010 by admin

I will be representing Grove at AIGA Portland’s SHIFT: A Green Salon event.  Ten presenters from various industries have been chosen to speak about their ideas on sustainable design and we have been chosen!   I will give a brief presentation titled “A journey in sustainable product and packaging design”.  

The event is Thursday, February 18th at ZIBA design (810 NW Marshall) at 7pm.  This will in a way be the first public unveiling of our new product.  Very exciting!  This is my Steve Jobs moment…

Advertised free beer if you bring your own mug!

Acrylic/Walnut Combo

February 10th, 2010 by admin

Ive been working on these pieces for Myhre Group Architects.   1.75″ thick solid walnut with mitre construction. Mitres are trickier to execute than the good ‘ol butt joint- thats why most stuff is not built like this.  I like the lack of end grain and how clean it keeps the design and maintains the flow so its worth the trouble for me.

1/4″ acrylic serves as a structural spine and a nice color accent.  Both red and yellow look killer with the walnut. The grain pops so nice with my hand rubbed natural finish.  It really helps to work with nice material and take the time to do good finish work.

With my new machine I engraved the logo of the building these are going in and backfilled it with white paint.  Of course, the process was way more complicated than I expected but the end result = excellent!