The inspiration was a 1920 pencil on paper drawing by a contemporary of Picasso. The door panels are 3/8 aluminum carved and sandblasted to interpret the artist’s pencil shadings.
The interior desk drop is a field of irises, interpreted in blood wood, aluminum, copper and brass to the earth of copper, all inlaid in quarter-sawn white oak.
A young couple’s names inlaid in aluminum moving to a infinity symbol that becomes a stylized brass heart with the year of their union—2015.
It’s hard to explain the effort and emotion it took to create this piece, knowing that a young couple would go on to a married life—with all its trials and tribulations yet look back together to something that united them.
An excerpt from their thank you note: “Thank you and your team for the desk you made for us. It stands tall in our dining room as a significant and special memory of our marriage. The balance you were able to strike between our two styles fits us both functionally and stylistically… It’s obvious to us that time you spend on all your work is because it’s a true passion—also evident that you poured that passion into our piece through every detail. From the overall concept, through each hand- turned knob, we see and appreciate what you’ve channeled through this work. We can’t thank you enough for all the time and thoughtfulness that you put into this unique piece of furniture. It’s something that will stay with us through our entire lives and will be passed down to our children. It is truly one of one.”
The stack tables—I was looking for “flower petals—an organic form.” Each table top became a potential leaf of a flower. Together there was one flower. The irises of bloodwood, copper, aluminum and brass, when put together, seem to articulate the bone structure of the human spine. These tables are functional when separated and an art form when joined.