Title: “Abstract Illusionism™ in Furniture Space”
Year work was completed: 2015
Form: Coffee table
Materials: Black Diamond by Richlite. Made from 100% FSA Certified recycled paper, "old stock" Hard Maple and a variety of "old stock" exotic woods for the inlay. Top has Brazilian Cherry, Red burl Mallee, mahogany, Brown Mallee, Kingwood, American Black Walnut, Teak, American Cherry, Zebrawood, English Walnut, Tulipwood, Bubinga. The table is finished with 8 coats of a durable catalyzed urethane in a satin sheen.
Construction: Laminated Black Diamond Richlite and Hard Maple legs with through tenons on the top with wedged Richlite. The skirt is laminated Hard Maple and Richlite morticed into the legs. Size: 42" length x 42" Width x 21" Height
Philosophy: This coffee table represents the “Abstract Illusionism” art movement with its floating L shaped elements as if floating in the darkness of space while functioning as a functional piece of furniture. The wood used in the construction of the piece is all “old stock” which we have saved for over 30 years of collecting or from collections of “old stock” which we have purchased ensuring that we are not promoting the cutting of any LIVE Trees in the production of our work. These practices coupled with our use of low and moderately low VOC coating and adhesives, FSA certified recycled paper in the production of Richlite’s Black Diamond panels, and our electric is provided by photovoltaic cell panels are considered to follow Leed Platinum Certification Guidelines as well as Green Practices, and Best Practices.
Exhibitions: Philadelphia Invitational Furniture Show 2016, Craft Boston Show in 2016, The Blue River Gallery in Breckenridge Colorado in 2016, and the AD20/21 Fine Art Show in 2017.
Effort: The layout and fabrication of this table required 85 hours to complete.
Meaning or Importance of Material: The meaning of the various woods used varies within the communities and cultures where the trees grow and are harvested. Many of the exotic woods have been revered their figured grain and color by furniture makers for 100’s of years. The use of small fragments and solid wood of “old stock” means that we are not promoting the harvesting of live trees.