Back to Nature is a watering can that also serves as home décor. The objective of this project was to use CNC machinery in the process of creating a household object. Red Oak was the optimal choice because as a hardwood it is more reliable for CNC machining. I enjoyed its lighter hue and comfortable weight compared to other darker and heavier hardwoods. The need to use wood for CNC work, became an opportunity to bring back the natural element missing amongst common plastic watering cans. I took inspiration from Ettore Sottsass’ bold geometric designs to create a more sophisticated watering can, so the user can display the piece in their home with pride.

Meghan Chapman is a junior Industrial Design student interested in eco-friendly focused design, and design derived from nature. Meghan enjoys sketching, photography, reading and watercolor painting. Organic designs are common throughout her work, and she is often inspired by the natural world.