IBM's Watson group conceived of and commissioned this unique project: a large scale version of the classic tilting table marble-labyrinth game housed in a prototypical coffee table form.
The client provided the rough dimensions and maze design, featuing IBM's iconic "Think" logo, and left the rest to me. I had a blast, putting on my engineer's hat to design the mechanics for the tilt tables, ball return, and hand controls. Making the actual table was a breeze after that!
Dimensions: 24" D x 36" W x 18" H
Black walnut, European steamed beech, stainless steel, glass
This unique sideboard was designed by the client and features a potted plant that grows through the top. The case is black walnut and the back, drawer fronts, and doors are reclaimed American elm.
The design concept of the plant growing through the top of the piece was emphasized with oganic-looking "cracks" that radiate out from the opening. The portion of the top panel to the right of the plant is a removable hatch for easy access and removal of the plant.
Dimensions: 18" D x 72" W x 30" H
Reclaimed American elm, black walnut and steel
Design: Bruno Ambar
By client request this lamp is based on the classic 1957 design by Antoni De Moragas Gallissa. It has a solid sapele base that was hand-turned on the lathe and a light burlap shade. A three-lamp cluster allows for up to 120W, and can be lamped with either energy-saving compact fluorescent or traditional incandescent.
Dimensions: 24" H x 18" diam (shade)
Sapele with burlap shade
Two matching pieces were designed for the client's TriBeCa loft. Panels of reclaimed American elm with random size inlays of corten steel fit into a frame of welded structural steel. Working closely with the client to develop the design, the goal was to achieve a modern, streamlined look incorporating the rawness of industrial and rustic elements tempered by highly crafted details.
The warmth of the wood with their inlaid "rusted" steel rectangles against the cold grey steel structure creates a pleasing palette of colors and textures.
Table: 17" D x 110" W x 30" H
Storage Unit: 17" D x 164" W x 30"
Reclaimed American elm, Corten steel inlay and steel base
This iconic table lamp brings together mid-century design elements with modern energy efficient lighting. The tapered base is tiger maple and black walnut, shaped by hand on the lathe. The shade is linen on a polypropylene backer. Works with 40W max mini-candelabra base lamps, either compact fluorescent or traditional incandescent.
Dimensions: 17" H x 12" diam (shade)
Black walnut, maple, linen shade
The client's challenge: to build a functional yet elegant storage piece that would fit well with their eclectic collection of existing furniture.With design elements from several historic periods, this sideboard achieves a happy stylistic medium.
Constructed entirely of solid poplar. The painted finish involved layering multiple colors and textural effects to create a subtle aged, antique appearance.
All visible hardware, hinges and pulls, are reproduction bronze. The drawers have hidden, self-closing mechanical slides for modern convenience.
Dimensions: 17" D x 60" W x 35" H
Poplar, custom painted finish
This retro side table is constructed from a single slab of European steamed beech. The wood's fantastic and unusual quilted figure make this piece truly one-of-a-kind.
Dimensions: 13" D x 24" W x 30" H
Euro steamed beech, steel
A pair of tall side tables made of black walnut and european beech. The drawers feature an inlay of end-grain heart pine made from structural timbers salvaged during a renovation of my studio space.
The walnut cases, each made from a single board, have mitered corners to create a "waterfall" effect where the wood grain flows from the top seamlessly down the sides.
Dimensions: 14" D x 24" W x 30" H each
Black walnut, Euro steamed beech, heart pine
Resting on custom fabricated steel legs, this hefty table is made of reclaimed spruce and douglas fir lumber. A layer of self-sealing cork makes this table top a durable cutting surface, per the client's requirements.
After working through several designs to finalize dimensions, materials and construction, we arrived at a simple solution that incorporated all of the client's requirements while also coordinating with their existing aesthetic.
Dimensions: 48" D x 96" W x 40" H
Reclaimed fir, cork, steel
This was a commission to make a set of four bed side tables incorporating reclaimed bases from the classic Eames "Eiffel" base side chair.
The program called for a minimalist open storage unit which created some unique and fun woodworking challenges in hiding the method of connection between base and case as well as ensuring structural integrity of the thin-paneled case itself.
Dimensions: 14" D x 14" W x 18" H.
The challenge of this relatively straightforward dining table project was all about color and finish. Starting from the client's imaginative description of "pigeon belly gray" (love my clients!) we honed in on a gorgeous shade of cool gray with hints of light blue. After several rounds of testing various color gradations on the actual maple with the polyurethane topcoat, we nailed it.
Dimensions: 30" D x 60" W x 30" H
Maple, custom paint finish, steel
Mid-century inspired console cabinet to house stereo, a/v components and speakers. The client and I worked closely to develop the deisgn, taking into consideration dimensions of existing equipment, cabling and ventilation requirements.
Made entirely of solid black walnut, the piece features two fold down doors with hidden torsion hinges and adjustable interior shelves for future flexibility.
Dimensions: 22" D x 50" W x 20" H.