Originally made for a commission, the name comes from the fact that my brief was to take an existing table, and using no additional timber, make a contemporary desk. A study in limitations and efficiency, the resulting table is made by laminating lengths in a repeating pattern, resulting in a striking piece which plays with light and shadow. The verison seen here is in oak.
Gúna is the Irish word for dress or skirt and this occasional table is designed to emulate the elegant sweep of such a garment. Made from wenge and oak, the form is produced by layering up alternating lengths of each timber in a lamination process.
This console table was made for a private commission in 2014. Standing on tapering legs this mahogany table is elegantly minimal in it's design.
My first foray into the world of box making, these cubes, made from a variety of woods were informed by my Transformer chest of drawers. Using a similar geometric pattern to the chest, the inlay hides the lid of the box at one corner.
A storage chest made on commission in 2012. The brief was to make a storage unit which housed the clients vacuum cleaner and bales of briquettes. Inspired by the classic, plastic, orange tie which holds a bale tigether, I designed a twin-compartment walnut chest with wraparound wenge detail. The wenge acted as both leg and handle for this playful piece.
Nest of Tables
Never having seen a nest of tables I liked, I endeavoured to fill the gap in the market. My nest is made from either walnut with sycamore or oak with wenge; the edition in the image is the former. As the size of the tables reduce the number of stripes reduce in tandem and their thickness in proportion; maths and geometry being a regular feature of my work.
A corner-table with two drawers, made from oak and maple. Courtlands is a study on a cube, named for my family home. Through the imposition of the cubic dimensions I am exploring themes of confinement and restriction.
A playful, minimalist piece, it subverts the convention of drawers existing on the same plane; having them instead at right angles to each other. The drawers therefore open into the space of the ‘cube’, thus maintaining constant overall-dimensions when in use. The drawers, though separate in space, act as supports for each other; evident where the inside corner of the lower-shelf hangs dramatically in space.
The use of untreated maple for the drawers creates a striking contrast with the rest of the table, emphasising the warm tones of the oiled oak.
Awkward I & II
I set myself the challenge to make a table with no right angles, the results were the Awkward occasional tables. Truly minimal, just four planes of timber in Awkward I, the faces are tapered and angled to give an architectural form. Awkward II is an assembly of two unit tables, with the lines now complementing as well as competing.
A chest of drawers made from walnut & oak or oak & sycamore. The dimensions of this piece were dictated by the geometry; a necessity to achieve the pattern of concentric triangles with the inlay. These triangles exist on a plane slicing through the cabinet, even though on each surface they are running at 45⁰. The pattern moves in one direction through the chest, generating two, opposing focal points which are evident when viewed from either side. Again, repetition is employed as a way to create tension between the formal and the organic; each drawer-front is identical and the inlay is offset at a constant width.
A round, 8-seater, oak dining table, made on commission in 2013. The oak is fumed; a traditional technique where the raw oak is exposed to ammonia gas. This darkens the wood and gives it a wonderful greyish hew.
Debutante, a chair made to coincide with the launch of my business in October 2011. Made from French ash with wenge legs, it shows how my designs were led by my appreciation for geometry and clean lines from the start.