This piece was inspired while I was in Yasuni National Park in Ecuador, located at the intersection of the Andes, Amazon equator and home to extraordinary biodiversity. I was accompanying my girlfriend as she was on a environmental research grant and was deeply inspired during my stay there. This park is home to the Jaguar and although I did not get the opportunity to see one, just knowing about their elusive presence and role in this incredible ecosystem inspired me to make this piece.
Like the Jaguar credenza, this piece was inspired by my time in Yasuní National Park in Ecuador. Walking up to the giant fig (ficus) tree and realizing that the roots are in some places 10" to 12" off the ground instantly grabbed my attention. I spent a great deal of time roughly sketching the beautiful curves of the tree's buttress roots, knowing I would refer to the sketches for a piece when the time was right.
The Maize Pendant
The Maize Pendant is inspired by food systems in Mexico. I made this light that resembles corn husks as a celebration of this beautiful and cultural significant crop.
For this stool, I drew inspiration from the simplicity of organic structures. Just as structures in nature are functional and beautiful without excess, this piece is an attempt at achieving such balance.
This inspiration for this design came from the Japanese dining chair, but the functional concept was more so inspired by my personal experience while at work in my studio. On break, I often use a flat piece of scrap plywood rested on the ground and angled back to the wall as a backrest. The flat piece of wood is surprisingly comfortable, relieving my back from the strain of working while standing and slightly hunched over.
Designed for everyone. Great for parents who would like to be at eye level with their young ones. Great as a lawn chair.
The low chair has 4 different angles of adjustment which can easily be adjusted while seated. There are 4 notches cut out of the seat into which the backrest sits, at 100, 110, 120 and 130 degrees. When the backrest is at 130 degrees, the top-framing of the chair is exposed and doubles as a headrest.
Tea box is a small wall mount cabinet. Its function is to hold tea, a teapot and teacups.
The main detail in this piece is the tambour door, made up of custom-made solid walnut plywood with a hand-cut end grain veneer for the surface. This veneer was cut from a single tree stump. The back of the cabinet mimics the door as it too has a slice of veneer as its surface from the very same stump.
The concept was to frame the beauty of a stump. A tree stump has such depth, literally telling the life story of a tree through its annual rings. The rings not only tell the tree's age, but indicate times of fast and slow growth, times of flood and drought.
The tree that this stump came from was 103 years old
Cabinet commissioned by Blood & Bandages Barber Shop.