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Swirl Again

Black Walnut, Glass, LED lights

100cm x 20cm

Another example of how a design develops.


The original inspiration for this piece came from one of my favourite shapes:

a fern ready to uncurl at the end of winter.


To be able to make this into a piece of furniture however, I had to turn it into a geometric shape that I could measure and define mathematically.


I tried initially with a golden spiral, then an involute curve...

several days later, with some modelling done on the computer and some full scale drawings I finally hit on proportions that I was pleased with and that I was confident I could replicate.


The first version in oak was very well received, but I was not completely satisfied with it:

the hanging system required too many holes to be drilled in the wall and I kept thinking that there ought to be a different way to make it.


It was only several years later that I had the opportunity (or excuse) to revise the design and have another go at it.

Swirl

Oak, Glass

100cm x 70cm x 20cm

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