It has been my experience that the process of working with a client on a new design can be very rewarding.  Susan’s Treasury is a case in point.  The clients and I discussed what the design needed to have to be both functional and attractive. 

The cabinet needed to have storage and the ability to display the unique collection of books, in such a way as to allow the viewer to connect in a meaningful way with each piece of art on display. An aspect of this design is to have the cabinet play a supporting role allowing the art to take center stage.  

Here we further discuss Susan’s Treasury  by looking at design elements and how they interrelate with each other to form one singular design concept.

Avorio Coffee Table
Ambrosia & Sapphire Glass
Technique: Stacked & Sculpted
Dimensions: 15” H, Glass 35”at widest point, 60” at longest point, ¾” thick
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I was asked to design a variation of one of my designs, a piece called Coming About for a new client.  I drew many thumbnail designs and selected about 8 designs that I felt were suitable to show the interior designers I was working with.  Avorio was the one selected.

I made a full size mock-up of each section with lines drawn indicating each layer to be cut, glued and stacked to give me the proper size mass.  As each layer was added I roughed out the shape using standard wood sculpting tools, such as large gouges, Abortech and Arbortech Mini- Grinder as well as heavy duty Sanders with 16 grit abrasives.   

With the use of shop made patterns and dividers, I was able to slowly pair down, removing excess wood allowing the final shape to emerge. 

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