Techne Architects hosted an in-house design competition with staff being invited to design a drinks trolley. The plan was to pick one design, have it made and put to good use at the closing hours of each week.
There were two designs chosen in the end and we created the one designed by Tim Angus (pictured above) (not Tim, just the trolley...). This one ended up being commissioned by Waratah Hills Vineyard and now resides in their restaurant with the surreal backdrop of rows and rows of vines.
Tim's design aspirations were to deliver a beautiful and sustainable product. The expression of structural efficiency and beautiful natural materials were fundamental. The copper frame was conceived as a slim elegant skeleton within which the bleached Douglas Fir boxes would sit.
Tuckbox ensured that the finished product remained absolutely true to the initial design intent drawings supplied by Techne. No compromise was made in the detailing, materials nor finishes.
No ‘off the shelf’ elements exist in the piece - we crafted all components from scratch.
We overcame structural and weight distribution challenges through the unique engineering of the 20mm thick solid front wheels. Machined with discreet internal bearinged hubs, they provide key balance and solidarity to the trolley during operation.
Timber elements are crafted from a large singular reclaimed Douglas Fir beam. Scars from its previous life are retained amongst its flowing figured grain patterns. Precision routing of the top serving plane allowed the stone elements to subtly dropped into place.
The frame was fabricated in a series of parts from solid bar, then welded, ground smooth and highly polished before being copper plated. The final finish involved hand polishing and a protective clear coat.
There was no prototyping in the fabrication, it was a single and considered process from beginning to end, with the technical challenges being solved along the way.