Adrian Fernandez

3.8.4.

 

Materials

Plasterboard sheet 

 

Description

What if inexpensive, readily available materials and tools were sued to construct furniture, rather than specialist ones? 3.8.4. Takes the most common construction material – Plasterboard sheets – and uses it to do just this, using only a stanley knife, a ruler and some glue.

3.8.4. Came about from thinking about how expensive and inaccessible tools and materials can be for the average person looking to make their own furniture. This led to test various ubiquitous materials to solve this problem, ultimately landing on plasterboard for its accessibility (is readily available at Bunnings and other hardware stores), affordability (a standard sheet of Plasterboard is less then $20), and ease of working with (can be cut with a stanley knife).

Composed of gypsum plaster between two layers of papers, the boards can be scored with a rule and knife before being snapped by hand to build each piece. 3.8.4. can be built in under a couple of hours, lending new applications to this widely available material, while also giving more people the experience of making their own furniture in an extremely democratic and accessible way.

 

Biography

Adrian Fernandez is an architectural worker and sessional academic whose interests lie in interrogating the many divides and biases that lie within the architectural profession, through speculative projects, writings and general rants. One of these speculative projects – ‘Binary Oppositions’ –  was awarded the Drawing Architecture prize from MADA for the most accomplished drawings of architecture, and another one was exhibited as part of Melbourne Design Week. Some of these writings can be found in places such as Inflection Journal, Caliper Journal, Architect Victoria, Dissolution Magazine and the Gertrude Contemporary Emerging Writers program, amongst others. Some places that have allowed him to expand on these rants in talks and panel discussions include Blindside Gallery, MPavilion, Testing Grounds, Black Spark Cultural Centre and PROCESS, where he is currently a co-curator of their monthly talk series.

 

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