My work was recently featured in the book Bespoke Furniture by E. Ashley Rooney. In Addition to the very nice two page spread on my furniture, I was thrilled to have my Infinity wine cabinet chosen as one of the cover pieces.
The text is my artist statement:
The style of my furniture grew out of a desire to build without traditional woodworking joinery. This began as a method of making furniture, but quickly became integral to the composition and design of my work. I use three materials: Wood, Metal, and Concrete. Each has characteristics that are specifically suited for different elements. The aesthetic nature of the elements long ago became more important than their convenience.
My designs break from traditional furniture forms. It is rare that I build a table with four legs. Decorative components made from stainless steel cables or rods are used as important visual elements. I find these elements give life to my pieces. Pure minimalism errs towards being boring. My work celebrates materials and maintains a pure feeling that is modern without being devoid of details.
It is important to me to create complete pieces. I strive for my furniture to entice the viewer from across the room and captivate them upon closer inspection. Designs must be bold and details crisp. This is a combination of design and craftsmanship. My furniture is openly constructed with exposed fasteners. The heads of stainless steel screws get polished and used as details. They are a view of exposed structure, yet not a complete vision. It is intended as a glimpse of what is inside, a celebration of the beauty of structure rather than a moment of too much information.
Introducing Jupiter XL- a slightly bigger version of my Jupiter bench. It is instantly an important member of my line.
Jupiter XL maintains Jupiter’s sleek nautical lines in a harmonious combination of metal wood and concrete. The Stainless steel rods are gently curved and the hole through the top centers over their intersection.
The new size is taller longer and wider. It measures 60″ long, 18″ tall and 13″ wide. It is available as pictured with Sapele dyed black and also in Walnut, Maple and Sapele.
At first glance it looks just like the regular Jupiter, but this bench stacks up to be just a bit bigger
That is the regular Jupiter on top
It still has all of the fine details that make Jupiter so visually dynamic, including the hole in the top revealing the intersection of the curved stainless steel rods.
Choose your size!
I just got the photos back from my photographer of my recently completed Galway Buffet. This is a major new work for me that has loads of storage potential as well as the versatility to be customized to many situations. Different configurations can include drawers either behind the doors or exposed, as well as almost unlimited size options.
The Galway buffet is constructed of concrete, aluminum, stainless steel and solid wood. It has no plywood in its construction. The doors have a unique design to allow for the movement of the solid wood panels. The panels are set into grooved aluminum and pinned at the ends which focuses the movement of the wood to the center of the door where a tongue and groove expands and contracts with the seasons. The same system is used for the back panel which mimics the doors and makes the buffet versatile enough to be used as a room divider. The aluminum has a coarse linear texture to the faces which adds interest and picks-up some of the feel of the concrete.
The hinge is built into the aluminum strips which frame the doors. It is a take on a classic knife hinge using my own hardware. The design of the knife hinge is that it leaves the inside of the cabinet completely clean and unencumbered, while the hinges become a beautiful detail on the outside of the piece.
The pulls are stainless steel rods that, like the hinges, integrated into the aluminum of the doors. The ends are grounded by massive concrete legs which add stability and presence to the piece.
The Acrylic is amazing. It is 2″ thick and has virtually no tint. The table has a commanding presence that is far from invisible. The way the Acrylic interacts with my hardware and components is a revelation. I am thrilled to have this as a new material to add to my language of furniture design.
Together we will be introducing the new Acrylic Divergence at their booth at the ICFF this weekend. You can stop by booth #2448 to get a glimpse of my new table in person.
I love this image. It has the feeling of an x-ray of one of my pieces and reminds me of the imagery of Duchamp’s “the large glass”. So cool.