Concept for an outdoor stacking chair. The design was inspired by my many bike rides over the Brooklyn Bridge where I noticed how beautiful the curve of suspension cables are that hold up this magnificent structure. Ode to Mr Roebling.
corbu side table
corbu side table "Best Bet" from New York Magazine
The inspiration for this form comes from urban housing projects — and in particular, the Ferragut Housing Project near Dumbo. I find a lot of geometric beauty in the repetition of the structures. But I’m also interested in the way that modernist public housing works, which were originally dreamed up by Le Corbusier, both service and fail the people who must live in them. The table is a shrine, a placeholder for the residents. By gilding the surface of the table in 24-karat gold, I try to elevate the failings of the structure — I want to grant it dignity.
It is constructed of Baltic birch ply laminated to high-density fiber board, which creates a slick surface. I sprayed blue graffiti paint before applying the 24-karat gold. By using a bold color for the bole (or undercoat), I highlighted the imperfections left behind after the gilding process.
achilles side chair
I came upon inspiration for this piece when I was working on a classic easy boy chair that rocks or leans back. I decided that I could easily capture the function on a different type of chair — one whose frame rocked back on its back legs. The name Achilles came from the Achilles tendon, because I designed those legs to be elevated, almost as if they were wearing heels. The webbing is inspired by the classic Jen Risom chair — I included the red ribbon to pay homage to his lounge. People can choose to sit in my chair the normal way, or they can choose to lean back and lounge, like I do when I’m home in Savannah with my friends, sitting on a dock drinking a beer while the sun sets over the marsh.
In New York, it is hard not to order take out, when being so busy, as most people are here, trying to make ends meet. Inspired by the form taken when when I stacked a series of take-out boxes after ordering Chinese food one night.
unfinished side table
Constructed from all natural white oak. It's inspiration came from the early digital, pixelated world of 80's video game I grew up with. For the record, Joust and Moon Patrol was my Jam.