Object Society Exhibition

2nd Annual Object Society Exhibition in Chicago

Object exhibition thumbnails

Laser cutting tends to be the process of choice when it comes to ornamental screens. Recently seen at Chicago’s Object Society annual exhibition, the screen featured here has made use of CNC milling to create a light, open feel in what appears to be quite a heavy, solid material.

While we are familiar with screens made from thin materials such as plastics, laminates and ply; it is unusual to see one produced from such solid timber slabs.

Luck Charms Screen by Ray Doeksen and Michael W. Dreeben

object society screen


So not only is it interesting to be able to see the warmth of the timber grain within the cavity surfaces, there is also a weighty presence that tends to be absent from (more intricate) past examples of laser cut screens and similar decorative elements.

Made from rare Hackberry wood, this screen is a good example of using the limitations of chosen manufacturing techniques well. A CNC design is limited by the radii of the machine’s cutting tools, yet increased thicknesses can be achieved without damaging surrounding material. Laser cutting, as we know, has the ability to produce finer details – but for timber, this comes along with the familiar Laser signature of blackened edges.

Click through to see the full range of pieces put forward by Object Society’s furniture designers in this year’s exhibition.

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3 Responses to “Object Society Exhibition”

  1. Jon Says:

    That is some very nice CNC work… it’s incredible what can be done with wood these days!

    Jon @ WoodMarvels.com

  2. Martina Hertel Says:

    So cool, that ist so amazing.

  3. Guy Blashki Says:

    I agree, Jon… another marvel ;)
    The simplicity of the pattern is one aspect that really appealed to me in this design. It has a nice crafty look/feel that you wouldn’t necessarily expect from the industrial processes used to reach this outcome.