Wave table, 2010. Laminated plywood and paint. Sculptural coffee table

furniture and maquettes

furniture and maquettes

 

Sculptural coffee tables

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Wobbling at the practical / sculptural tipping point.

Because I work in a number of different disciplines, I’m always looking for ways of fusing them to arrive at something I don’t recognise.

The table is an ideal object to explore because as soon as the surface is diverted from the flat it has to be reconsidered. Its relationship with function becomes more…nuanced.

The designs usually arrive through drawing- and on the magical basis that a line can become anything– the restraints of function, paradoxically, become a kind of liberation.

After the drawing I make a plaster or plywood maquette to see how the two dimensional will translate as three.

The spectrum table, whose form is determined by relating the wavelengths of light to one another, arrived as a consequence of explaining the way we see colour to students.

The tiptoes stand arrived while I was making vague drawings from Miro sculptures and found what appeared to be legs on my paper.

The dip table arrived in connection with Claus Oldenberg’s sculptures, soft objects appearing to be susceptible to fatigue and how the surface of a table might be interrupted- in a positive way, by a space.

In a similar way the fissure table was an idea that plays with geology and landscape and the possibility of two separate elements being held together by the space between them.