Title: “Counter Balance”
A limited Edition of 8, in the European Tradition, that will be essentially identical with variances in wood and minor placement of decorative elements.
Year work was completed: 2017
Form: Occasional Table
Materials: Black Diamond by Richlite, which is made from 100% FSA Certified recycled paper, Plyboo, Birch veneer core plywood, and "old stock" domestic and exotic woods including Wenge, Central Africa; Tulipwood, Brazil; Pink Ivory, South America; Red Heart, Southern Mexico; Afzilia Lace, Australia; Brown Box Elder Burl, North America; Mesdal Bean Sophora, Texas; Red Heart, Southern Mexico; Vermillion; West Africa; Ceylon Satinwood, Central and South India; Zebrawood, West Africa; Sycamore, North America; Eastern Red Cedar, Eastern United States; Chakte Viga, Mexico Central America; Desert Iron Wood, Arizona and New Mexico; Purpleheart, Central and South America, Hard Maple, North America; Black and White Ebony, South East Asia; Bubinga, Equatorial Africa; Mahogany, Cuba and West Indies; Coolibah, Australia; Amboyna Burl, Myanmar; Marblewood, Northeastern South Africa; Cocobola, Central America; Ziricote, Central America; Black Walnut, North America. In addition Abalone shell, Silver leaf, Palladian Leaf, French Pale Gold leaf, and Sterling Sliver.
Construction: Laminated Wenge and Mahogany for the top, lower shelf, and leg; mortice and tenoned legs into top and shelf; inlaid woods, Richlite, Abalone, and Sterling Silver.
Size: Diameter 24” x height 28.75”
Philosophy: We created this occasional table first and foremost to be a well-crafted functional table with a distinctly sculptural sense of interplay between the rectilinear vertical support elements and the juxtaposition curvilinear horizontal elements. Secondarily; we wanted to honor the great Russian Abstract painter Wassily Kandinsky for the gift of his genius by selecting one of his painting, in this case “Counter Weight” to adapt into a combination of two and three dimensional elements using Abalone, Richlite, Sterling Silver, and naturally colored woods for inlays and veneer and Silver and Gold leaf for various elements. This combination of circular and rectilinear elements in both their two and three dimensional forms create a degree of tension while at the same time balance between the positive and negative space within the composition. The choice of material including the coatings and adhesives and our use of photovoltaic cell panels allow this piece to fall within Leed Platinum Certification Guidelines as well as Green Practices, and Best Practices.
Exhibitions: This table is being deputed at Spectrum Miami 2017.
Effort: The layout and fabrication of the occasional table required 83.5 hrs.to complete and
Meaning or Importance of Material: The various woods used have many meanings and degrees of importance within the countries of origin and their native cultures.
Silver has always been identified as amplifying the energies of the moon, and it's associated with protection, peace, and love. Like the moon and water, silver is reflective and used to mirror the soul bringing people calm and balance. Silver is used to 'draw down the moon' during lunar ceremonies, giving the wearer use of the moons energy and protecting them from negativity. Another aspect of the silver natural healing belief is that wearing this jewelry brings the wearer more in tune with the vibrations and flow of the universe. It is the metal of emotions, love and healing.
Gold is symbolic of flexibility on our spiritual path while life experience galvanizes our faith. One of the more valued elements, it represents perfection in all matter and within each humans search for perfection, on any level.
Abalone have been used in ritual ceremonies to replenish our souls as well Abalone healing carries energies of protection and emotional balance.