Molding Plan: Modern Objects That Rework a Traditional Material
Molding Plan is a project that makes use of moulding, the traditional architectural material. Molding, those ready-made strips of wood with unique curvatures, used to play an essential role in home decor in earlier eras of architecture and interior architecture. Through various manufacturing techniques, Moulding Plan rethinks this finishing material and brings out object-based possibilities for the original material. The outcome is a collection of containers, desktop organizers and lights.
Chialing Chang, designer
The Molding Plan series utilizes the decorative features of moldings.
Three different kinds of moldings are used in the project in order to reveal the full potential of the material.
Original curvature of the molding offers a space for storage purposes while also allowing the containers to be stacked.
Made of molding pieces which are divided at 45 and 60 degree angles.
The container set is one design proposal for Taiwanese brand UTP (Un-Titled-Project).
Bases of the pendant lamps are made of grouped segments of the original molding and are processed by wood turning afterward.
The shapes are inspired by the traditional turned legs of tables and chairs.
This set of desktop organizers are made with oblique incisions so they can be piled up.
Abundant moldings accumulated in the attic of local lumber shops in Taipei City.
Molding originally used as interior decorative ornaments are now deteriorated.
Molding Plan proposes to make use of the arc and beveled edge initially devised to create an open space behind the moulding in order to conceal wall edges. Depending on varying features of each molding, the architectural details are transformed into functional objects with a purpose. The final products (containers, desktop organizers and pendant lights) are made of three different kinds of moldings to reveal the full potential of them.
The whole collection is manufactured by wood craftsmen in Ningxia Road in Taipei City. The street's business productivity has gradually declined under the impact of international economic downturn. Huge accumulated stocks of moldings are kept in local lumber shops. Molding Plan utilizes plentiful resources of an age-old place in Taipei City as well as gathering people's attention to the traditional woodworking industry.