Sheet of plywood, dimensions 1200/1000mm Wood glue Wooden dowels Sandpaper
Compass saw Routing machine Safety goggles Trestles and G clamps
Material costs: approx. ¤115,- Programming and CNC machining of the carpenter approx. ¤330,-
Approx. 4 hours plus preparatory work by a cabinetmaker
Instructions available from
www.opendesk.cc, Roxanne Chair
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Where does your passion for DIY come from?
I used to drive my mum mad because I constantly wanted to reorganise my room and swap furniture with her, but at heart she was always a fan of my ideas. I think I inherited a love of furnishing and making things from her.
What makes DIY so fascinating to you?
There’s nothing cooler than being able to say: You like that? I made it myself. Things that I invest a lot of hard work and passion in mean a lot to me. They tell a story and have character.
Which of your home-made things are you most attached to?
None of them because I can make them again any time – the same, different or perhaps even a bit better. The big floating sideboard I made for my office took the longest to plan and make. Funnily enough, it went down so well on Instagram that loads of people asked me: Where did you get that from? Can I make one too? I really only designed the sideboard for myself, but it became a big thing on Instagram. People even sent me pictures of their own sideboards.
How difficult did you find it to make the Roxanne Chair for CLOSED?
On a scale of 0 to 10, I’d say the level of difficulty was 9. The chair is for experienced DIYers and proper furniture makers.
Can you explain that in more detail?
Yes. The chair is made step by step. The first step is done by a cabinetmaker, who does some important preparatory work by cutting the shapes for the chair on a piece of plywood using a computer-controlled mortising machine. Back at home, I used a compass saw and a routing machine to cut out the individual pieces. That’s challenging even for people who are good at making things because the chair has curved contours and fine details.
How did it go?
Making a real piece of furniture was a great experience.
Do you like the chair?
The design is fantastic, and it’s comfortable to sit on too. I’ve been wondering about painting it bright colours – using a different colour for each part or just painting the seat black ...