Sturgeon Nightstand

Commissioned by the Sturgeon family a nightstand was needed to accompany a large bed just purchased by the client. It needed to be tall to match the height of the mattress and have a drawer for basic necessities. Being that the dimensions were unusual, we wanted to challenge the typology of how nightstands with drawers are constructed. Hiding drawer slides with a facade on the front of the drawer is a common practice. We instead wanted to celebrate and reveal how a drawer works and how little structure it takes to actually have a drawer. This challenged us to make an aluminum drawer using a continuous piece of metal that eliminated the need for separate drawer slides. Small bends at the edges fit into grooves inside the frame act as the slides. And, instead of making a box with a surface resting on top of legs, we went with a light frame made of solid maple that bookmarks the surface and feels like it folds around the drawer. It became important to us that each decision made would highlight and raise awareness of how a piece of furniture like this is assembled.