Inspiration can come from anything. For David Sears’ Cube Furniture Collection, it was a stack of cardboard boxes.
“My inspiration for the collection is the cube, an inherently modular form,” he stated. “The cube shape is the basis for all the pieces…in some cases, the dimensions of the furniture were stretched to accommodate function, but the concept in which the designs were developed was a modular system.”
The collection is comprised of a coffee table, a console, a side table, and two cubes, all of which are customizable in color and scale and feature squared-off corner box joints construction. Sears employs a digital manufacturing technology using a 5-axis cutter to create more refined shapes and strong corners. Most furniture manufacturing is constructed using a standard 2-axis cutter.
Sears chose to use a 9-ply hardwood core rather than the typical 3- to 5-ply cabinet grade plywood, and elevated a material that has historically been considered a lower-end material to the high-end market. Dyed sycamore doors and beargrass inlaid resin panels complete the aesthetic.
Sears also keeps an eye on lowering the collection’s environmental impact. The production process, due to the 5-axis cutter technology, is an energy- and materials-efficient system. The maple, sycamore veneer, and plywood are all FSC-certified. No toxic formaldehyde glues are used. The manufacturing plant also uses a biomass furnace, using the shop’s waste to generate all of its own heat.
Best of all, the Sears modern and eco-chic pieces are made in the U.S.