The focus for Arabesque's design was to combine a number of important elements that in combination would produce a delicate refined table, presenting the material in the best possible way. All the components have a light fluid form that blend together to create a balanced symmetric stance that gives the piece its strength.
Arabesque represents a new direction for Guarino. It is sculptural like his stacked work but more delicate and understated. He wanted to combine a number of important elements that if successful would produce a table that respects the beauty of the material. Guarino’s design goal was to create a piece with a refined look by giving each component a light fluid form.
Mozambique Shedua (Curly Shedua) & Ebonized Sapele
29 ¾"tall x 37 ½"wide x 18"deep
Completed: 9.09 really finished 7.09
Technique: Traditionally joined and carved
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.
Ambrosia & Sapphire Glass
Technique: Stacked & Sculpted
Dimensions: 15” H, Glass 35”at widest point, 60” at longest point, ¾” thick
Mesa Blanca” is a very understated table. The focus of the piece is the simplicity of its form. The individual parts that comprise the whole blend one into the other so that the eye can move along the form without interruption.
Technique: Creative Traditional Joinery Legs: Split turning on a lathe.