The Molding Plan project by Chialing Chang rethinks architectural molding.

The molding is turned into a set of containers after being divided at 45 and 60 degree angles and glued together.  The original curvature offers a space for storage purpose as well as forms the unique profile. Also, the beveled edge behind allows the containers to be stacked.

Molding Plan is a project focused on molding, the common interior ornament used to cover transitions or create added detail in classical decorative household. Traditionally made from solid wood, strips of moldings are with various profiles to create graded shadows. It used to play an essential role in home decor in early days while it is no longer popular nowadays.

The project purposes to make use of the indigenous arc and the beveled edge which is initially devised to create an open space behind the molding in order to conceal mounting. Depending on varying features of each molding, the architectural details are transformed into functional objects with a purpose. The final outcome are a set of containers, desktop organizers and lights.

The whole series are manufactured by wood craftsmen in Ningxia Road in Taipei, Taiwan where huge accumulated stocks of moldings are kept. The street, the wood industry and resources gather, is with profound traditional manufacturing base and techniques. Molding Plan hopes to rethink this architectural material and bring out more possibility of it, utilizing plentiful resources of an age-old place in Taipei City as well as gathering people’s attentions to the traditional woodworking industry.

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The final outcome; containers, desktop organizers and lights.

Three different kinds of moldings are used to reveal the full potential of such finishing material.

The molding is turned into a set of containers after being divided at 45 and 60 degree angles and glued together.  The original curvature offers a space for storage purpose as well as forms the unique profile. Also, the beveled edge behind allows the containers to be stacked.

The set of containers is the one of the design proposals for Taiwanese brand UTP (Un-Titled-Project).

The base of the pendant lamp is made of grouped segments of the ogee molding and is processed with wood turning afterward.

The shapes are inspired by the traditional turned leg of table and chair. By featuring applied ornaments, the design aims to merge the finishing material with decorative elements.

Fasten beveled edges of four sections of a molding with glue, an inner space is formed to keep things. The result is a set of desktop organizers which can be piled up on each other due to the oblique incisions. While some have bottoms which enable them to carry, some remain open on both ends and are used as risers. Users are capable of adjusting the height of the organizer according to different contents.

The molding is stained white, the most general color when it comes to interior painting.

Abundant moldings accumulated in the attic.

Abundant moldings accumulated in the attic.

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