Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
The clients for this piece also happened to be friends. I was given the opportunity to design something original and specific for their need.
I prefer to design this way i.e. given a specific use, size, shape etc.
The base is entirely constructed of hand made elliptical shapes.
The shapes were based on a diagonal slice from a round tube.
In fact, I originally intended to simply use a number of pieces cut from a tube.
However, they just didn’t have the organic look I was after.
Instead, each shape is heated and formed individually then burnished to remove all the scale.
Once the pieces are all formed and cleaned it’s just a matter of creating the form and assembling it in an attractive way.
The finished piece is cleaned again and clear coated.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Friday, June 25, 2010
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Monday, May 31, 2010
Again, I thought I would dig up some vintage work we did in the mid 80's. This is a wall sculpture we did for a food court in a mall in Columbus OH. It's been so long ago I think the entire mall is now history! For a sense of scale the square stainless panel with the applied grid pattern is about 4 feet square.
Saturday, May 8, 2010
I designed this cocktail table in the late 80's early 90's. The original sat in my living room as my own for many years. A strong design with a nod to the mid century modern movement it appealed to a more corporate client and we made a small number over the years mainly for corporate offices. We did make a pair of them for the movie "The Associate" staring Whoopie Goldberg. I have watched the movie a few times but I am afraid any shots of the tables landed on the cutting room floor.
Monday, April 19, 2010
This piece was a challenge. The chandelier is suspended by ropes and held in place by a weight. The balance is just enough to hold it in place, though with a little effort can be lowered to accomodate a dining table underneath or raised when the table is not in place.
Friday, March 5, 2010
Sunday, February 21, 2010
I started this blog with just a small glimpse of this rail. We finally finished the job about a month ago and I thought I would revisit it. The designer wanted something organic and twig like. We stylized it a bit and both the owner and designer were quite pleased. The entire thing was made by hand and aside from the dimensions we just winged the design makeing it as we went. Though time consuming it went together quickly, always stopping to check we met the 4" spacing code!
The finished piece was primed and powder coated.
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
This is a console I made for a designer/friend of mine. He started with the stone top and wanted something functional yet sculptural. It's become a signature piece of mine and I have used the concept in a handful of other table bases, no two the same, of course!
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
I designed these two pieces way back in the late 1980's. Not long after that, the Film "Little Man Tate" was shot here in Cincinnati and a friend connected me to the films set decorater Samara "Sam" Schaffer. We did a lot of miscellaneous work on the film, altering props, making small art stands etc.
Sam needed a cocktail table and console but the shooting schedule didn't allow us the time to design and make new pieces.
The client who I made these pieces for was kind enough to lend them for the films use. In appreciation her son was allowed to be in one of the scenes filmed on a nearby college campus.
Not long after that Sam called me again to do some work on the film "Curly Sue".
This time we had more time and we took this same cocktail table design and made a dining table for the film. We also made "Sue's" Bed and the frame for a couch which was designed by the films art director.
We were lucky enough to work on a few more films all thanks to "Sam".
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
A year or two ago a local resturant here in Cincinnati, Primavista, did some updating in their dinning room. They serve outstanding Italian food, with a spectacular view of the city.
They asked us to replace an exsiting brass railing with a design that was interesting but unobstructive. The railing is simple yet elegant and worked out perfect for our client.