Nimm Rae will be featured in a touring exhibition. • Shortlisted pieces will be showcased in a touring exhibition including Art in Action at Waterperry Gardens, Oxfordshire and Wesley-Barrell’s flagship showroom in Wigmore Street during London Design Festival.
Curving trees and straight trees.
First 4 images at Cutler's Wood, Kent. Selecting curving stems of store coppice sweet chestnut and ash wood.
Lower image shows a fine oak tree stem amidst the coppice managed woodland at RBG Wakehurst Place, Sussex. In a previous posting you can see this tree still standing. The larger oak stems here will next be converted in specified board thicknesses and profiles with the use of the Wakehurst Place mobile saw mill. More on that soon
Wood of course grows - it is trees, however, what is less appreciated and understood is - where does that wood in that fine piece of of sculptural seating for example, actually come from? What is the journey from being a standing, growing tree to becoming the final piece?
Point, source and origin.
The trees above are all part of actively managed woodlands - cyclic crop rotations of a sustainable harvestable material.
Selection of wood and timber is vital to achieving the desired end result. At the materials for making start point it really is often or not about the trees. Seeing the potential within the standing tree with a view toward the final form.
Of course this is just a tantalizing glimpse of the movement of fluid speed lines as they descend, rise and turn around the profiles of the seat base. So, where does one edge start and another stop? They don't. They simply transcend form light into shadow. More images coming soon.
I know the image doesn't give much away.What about the bigger picture you may ask?
Well, you'll just have to wait.
It's the latest bench project. Around 4 m total length. I like to think of it as Sharks crossing at a 4 way stop/traffic lights - without the the 4 way stop/traffic lights. Image depicts 1:3 model.
In due course all will be revealed.
Well kind of, since the last posting anyway.So steaming in to 2011. What's new?
Meanwhile back at the chaircreative manufacturing facility... Torafin begins it's journey of creation at the end of January alongside all the other current on going commission projects.
Exterior bench designs for Southwark Borough Council. 2 foldable, lockable benches.
These benches feature galvanized steel frame work, stainless steel fittings with prime oak seating boards. Images depict the completed benches at the workshop ready for install. (due 1st week October) You can also see the cast concrete 'key' setting bases and base plate that are buried below ground level with additional post mix support infill. More images will be posted soon.
This project consisted of Interior design and creation for the 2 office spaces. Main Office comprising: 2 Desks (see earlier posts for more images of these desks) 5 chairs Book case re fit Mirror re make
Hub Office: Complete 'flow' work surface and desk integration around the whole space (see earlier posting for template layout. Design and creation of storage units, fitted shelving Existing Cupboard co ordination.
Below are a couple of images showing how these spaces appeared previously.
New Insictor bench project will feature as part of the London design Festival, on display at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London from 18th to 23rd September.
5 new office chairs near completion for Hancocks the Jewelers office in the Burlington Arcade, London, W1
Final clean up now underway, then oil burnish finish and application of stainless steel badge monogram, then off to upholsters for the final touch.
Will post more images when complete.
1st showing of the new Insictor bench project will be in the Best of the Best Marquee at Art in Action from Thursday 15th - 18th July.
Here are a couple of pics of the near completed piece at the workshop.
Also on view; 'Hammerhead' chair and 'Nebula Console'
It is often so obvious of course it is easy to forget the magic of wood.Wood of course grows - in trees! Yes we of course all know this, however, sometimes it is really beneficial to feel or realize the connection of this. That wonderful stuff that grows all around us. And on a spring day such as today an extra sparkle of magic.
Selecting cherry wood for the next set of chairs near Bore Place, W. Kent with John Waller. Back at the workshop the start of the journey from trees to chairs. The 1st stage - cleaving the runs or billets for the legs. Cleft with the grain to maintain the full strength of the wood, these sections will be shaped then steam bent to a similar curve as to the example piece on top to form the front leg components of these chairs - Hancocks Nimm type