Rock, Paper, Scissors FUN!

Posted in Uncategorized on April 27, 2011 by Ilan Dei Studio

Our Rock, Paper, Scissors class was fun and dynamic as we explored the possibilities of paper as art and as architecture. We created our own small structures and saw some amazing examples of what others are doing.

Here are some highlights of people we discussed.


Rock Paper Scissors and Design for Kids Upcoming Workshops

Posted in a.n.t. with tags , , , , , on March 21, 2011 by Ilan Dei Studio

Rock Paper Scissors Workshop

April 7th and 14th 6-9PM

Taught by Aaron Neubert

$40 for the class

The ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS workshop series will explore 5 traditional materials- paper, wood, cement, metal and glass – with the intention of uncovering latent possibilities due to developments in manufacturing and fabrication technologies. The history of material science and current technical research and development into emerging materials and products are discussed within a seminar class structure. All research shall be placed within a context of building/interiors, landscape, and product environments, with an understanding of environmental impact and ethics.
Each workshop will consist of an introduction to the historical methodologies involved with these materials, followed by an analysis of the paradigm shifts that have led to a reevaluation of materiality as an active and performative player in product development. Following the introduction, in a hands-on laboratory each participant will explore diverse and novel techniques to transform the given material toward the creation of an independent product prototype.

Mr. Neubert’s work has been recognized with Merit Awards from the American Institute of Architect’s Los Angeles and San Fernando Valley chapters, as well as The Van Alen Prize in Public Architecture. He has served as a design instructor at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, The Southern California Institute of Architecture, Otis School of Design, Woodbury University, and Cal Poly Pomona and has lectured on his work in Denmark, New York and Los Angeles. Mr. Neubert currently holds the title of Lecturer at the University of Southern California. He is a California licensed architect and a member of the American Institute of Architects.

Design for Kids

Saturdays April 2nd-30th 2-4PM

Taught by Alla Kazovsky

Ages 6-12. $140 ($35 per class) includes all materials

Design For Kids

This is a two hour studio dedicated to allowing children to explore their imagination while gaining an exciting new perspective on the world around them. The students will learn through discussion and idea planning as well as sketching, model building and a final presentation of their creation. This is intended to teach children how to articulate their imagination and create tangible representations of how they view the world around them.

The theme for this workshop series will be Design in Nature. Children will explore architectural design through hands-on projects while looking at buildings as organisms, pondering adaptation to external conditions and natural cycles, as well as learning about the value of using natural materials.
Discussion: accompanied by looking at books, etc. facilitates and sparks ideas.

Block building: related to the theme at hand, works very well as the initial stage of the design process.

Sketching: recording of ideas with quick 5-minute sketch follows.

Model Building: allows further development and fine-tuning of design concepts. We supply a great variety of recycled materials.

Presentation: develops and polishes communication skills. Children walk away with a sense of completion and accomplishment every week. We have had a few cases of very shy and reserved kids opening up to share their ideas without hesitation.

Alla has designed and manufactured a line of children’s furniture with pieces sold at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Design Store. Has taught at SCI-Arc, MOCA, the Skirball Cultural Center, Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum. Recipient of Good Design Award, Best Toy of the Year Award, Graphis Product Design 2 & 3 Awards.

To get Information on all of the classes at Ilan Dei Studio visit our facebook page or contact us directly at and 310 302 9222

Corian Tree Side Table

Posted in limited edition with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 2, 2011 by Ilan Dei Studio

Our new side tables express simple gestures and subtleties that we see in the branches and canopies of the beautiful trees local to California. Keeping in our tradition of using nature as our inspiration we have used heated Corian to capture the song and dance of our surroundings.

We often experiment with materiality and although primarily used for counter tops, Corian offers itself as an elegant sculptural material that can be manipulated into many forms that result in a smooth and pure final product.

Furniture Making with Digital Fabrication (2 of 4) Seat and Back

Posted in a.n.t., How-To / Tutorials with tags , , on January 11, 2011 by Ilan Dei Studio

The Seat and the back of the chair are grouped together in this blog post because they are both processed from the same material. Instead of using solid wood we are using a 1” thick Baltic Birch Plywood as the core material. This makes processing multiple chairs very simple using sheet stock on a 4’x8’ ShopBot.

The seat of the chair is set at 2” thick, both for appearance and for strength, so we need to laminate two sheets of 1” inch Baltic Birch Plywood together to make the 2” sheets.

Nesting 2D:

The Seat and the Back are the simplest to nest simply because they are cut directly from sheet stock and because they are both completely 2D cuts. To start with we extracted curves from the edges of the parts and from the areas that are accepting the legs and arms.  These curves are what we will use to create the toolpaths.

The seats of the chairs fit nicely together simply by rotating them and placing them next to each other. (Note: Do not “mirror” the seats because if you are going to accommodate arms you will need to make sure and mill the slots for the arms in the tops of the seats, if you mirror the parts you will then be milling these arm slots on the bottoms or the parts.) The backs do not fit together as perfectly as the seats but still nest well enough to get a good yield from a sheet. The back also cannot be “mirrored” and must be placed face down because you will need to cut a step into the inner circle to support the center decorative piece.

Now that both sheets are nested, the next step will be how we choose to hold down the parts while they are being cut. Both the seats and back are two small and awkwardly shaped to be held down by vacuum pressure alone and we do not want to screw down our parts because of the holes it would leave. Our solution is to use tabbing and to hold down the remaining parts with screws. Since the seats are so closely nested together we will need to add the tabs to the inner circles and screw down the circle pieces to the table.  (The inner circle cut outs are useful in creating a hold down system, but mostly they remove excess weight in the chair that would be a real inconvenience in the final product.) In the backs we can add tabs to the outer perimeter since we can screw down the excess pieces that are left around the parts. Continue reading

Precision Modeling for Machining Furniture (1 of 4)

Posted in How-To / Tutorials on November 29, 2010 by Ilan Dei Studio

This How-to/Explanation of building the classic chair seen above came about from a couple incidents. We were asked to fabricate a set of chairs for a local client. It was a short run of about 12 chairs that had to be produced relatively inexpensively. We took the chairs from recreating the design from a prototype, to finishing the final products. In the process we developed a system that could be executed like a full blown production run using our ShopBot CNC’s. Fundamentally we took a traditional chair that had been manufactured for many years in the same way and re-engineered it to be digitally fabricated. We also integrated modern materials like plywood to develop the core of the chair. That experiment become the foundation for a workshop that takes place in our studio integrating 10 years of digital experience (which you are all invited to join us for).

Ilan Dei Studio uses mostly Rhino Modeling Software so in outlining the fabrication process we have created two video tutorials using rhino to explain the design of the chair. These videos give a brief description of how we modeled the chair at first taking into consideration the fabrication and production aspect of it.

That being said we believe that the upcoming tutorial/how-to will be useful, insightful and hopefully inspiring to others out there who are interested in building furniture, or who have been doing so for years.

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Garden Wave Wall Completed

Posted in interior design with tags , , , , on November 19, 2010 by Ilan Dei Studio

Ilan Dei Studio has recently completed a 45′ sculptural wall for a private residence in Los Angeles CA. The wall is inspired by the topography of the canyon that the property sits on and the corresponding view of the Pacific Ocean. Creating a backdrop on the edge of the property the wall defines an outdoor dining room complete with dining table, elaborate views of the canyon and ocean, and cooling shade from the tree branches overhead.

Mixing traditional Japanese simplicity with California Modernism and Digital Fabrication the wall is perceived differently depending on where the user is located within the property. The Redwood is set against green vegetation to create a contrast of color and depth that shifts in and out of view.

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Perspective Bedroom Set for Creative Elegance

Posted in licensing with tags , , , on November 5, 2010 by Ilan Dei Studio

Just introduced with huge success in the Las Vegas Marketplace and now available in fine retail stores across the country, Ilan Dei Studio’s new Perspective Bedroom Set for Creative Elegance

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