Ober Rifferswil, Zürich
Ober Rifferswil, Zürich
For my parrents for Christmas. Finished with tung oil. Made another maple slab coffee table. This one has lots of quilting any spalting. The inlaid butterfly keys are made of Wenge. Legs are made of “roasted maple”. Mae lol’D dried and heated to take the moisture content down to 0% and burnt inside out basically to darken it! Working with roasted maple smelled like bacon cooking! I swear! #woodwork #coffeetable #maple #picoftheday
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The process of metal spinning is traditionally used to make circular metal objects, such as timpani drums and gas cylinders, by pressing flat sheets of metal against a shaped former while they both rotate. If it was possible to make large drums with spun metal, might it be possible to make a chair with a completely symmetrical rotational form? And would it be comfortable to sit in?
After extensive research and experimentation, Heatherwick Studio produced an ergonomic form that works as a chair, whichever way it is rotated. To achieve this in a single form, the seat had to be capable of serving as a back support and the back support had to make a comfortable seat.
Finally for Sale!
Working on a project for Rycotewood furniture college - we were asked to design a seat for the Ashmolean museum in Oxford, producing a scale model of our design. Here I have designed a bench for three made from yew wood. The model is 1:5 scale and I will be documenting the making process over the next few days. The submission date for this project is this coming Thursday.
Yew has beautiful character and the contrasting sapwood makes it especially pleasing. The form of this piece has been inspired by the words from one of William Wordsworth’s poems ‘Yew Trees’. I have taken the descriptive words ‘serpentine, up-coiling, intertwisted’ and designed a bench that would be suitable to be located in the John Mallett gallery, along with paintings and other furniture from the 1600-1800’s.
Every part of the yew tree is poisonous and as a result nothing will grow at the base of the tree; the oldest surviving yew is believed to be 4,500 years old. This has earned it associations with eternal life and also the dead. This is why so many yew’s are found in cemeteries. The oldest surviving wooden artifact is a yew spear head believed to be 450,000 years old.
I thought it fitting that a museum that houses over 1,000,000 ancient artifacts from every great civilisation, should have a seat made from the same timber that could have been around near to the time the wheel was invented.
Modular System | Matthias Pinkert