Cutting Edge

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January 26, 2009
Originally published in The Craft of Design
Asked to design a space for an art collector whose body and walls were already covered in decoration, architect Thom Faulders capped off the project by creating a piece of art out of an often-overlooked canvas: the ceiling.
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  Architect Thom Faulders inside his Berkeley studio.
    Architect Thom Faulders inside his Berkeley studio.
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  The firm Studio Under Manufacture is located in Andre Caradec’s home garage in Oakland.
    The firm Studio Under Manufacture is located in Andre Caradec’s home garage in Oakland.
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  It’s one thing to design an apparently random pattern on a computer and print it out; it’s another to turn streaming lines into layers of plywood.
    It’s one thing to design an apparently random pattern on a computer and print it out; it’s another to turn streaming lines into layers of plywood.
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  Plywood pieces are stacked in sequential order in readiness for installation in the Deform House.
    Plywood pieces are stacked in sequential order in readiness for installation in the Deform House.
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  After using a digitally controlled milling machine to slice through fiberboard, Caradec using an air hose to clean out the wood dust between each pass of the mill.
    After using a digitally controlled milling machine to slice through fiberboard, Caradec using an air hose to clean out the wood dust between each pass of the mill.
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  Installation of the ceiling was a laborious six-week process that included the painstaking and evenly spaced assembly of each row of panels, one carefully placed piece at a time. Finally, three coats of white paint were applied as the finishing touch. The specificity and uniqueness of the panels, despite the time-consuming installation process, was intrinsic to the overall desired final appearance.
    Installation of the ceiling was a laborious six-week process that included the painstaking and evenly spaced assembly of each row of panels, one carefully placed piece at a time. Finally, three coats of white paint were applied as the finishing touch. The specificity and uniqueness of the panels, despite the time-consuming installation process, was intrinsic to the overall desired final appearance.
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  A plywood wall, created by architect Thom Faulders and Andre Caradec of Studio Under Manufacture, an Oakland design and fabrication firm that specializes in digital millwork.
    A plywood wall, created by architect Thom Faulders and Andre Caradec of Studio Under Manufacture, an Oakland design and fabrication firm that specializes in digital millwork.
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  A view of the plywood installation inside the master bedroom.
    A view of the plywood installation inside the master bedroom.
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