The Jazz Chair was designed for the world famous Ronnie Scott's Jazz Bar. The client expressed a desire that the chair be designed based on jazz music and gave a few statements about jazz that could be used within the design. He suggested ‘freedom of the individual within a group context’ as well as ‘improvisation within a strict rhythmical structure’.
The Jazz chair expresses these statements and was designed by drawing what jazz rhythm looks like. This was then translated into three dimensional form.
‘Genji’ was designed for a professional couple, he being a travel writer and she being an artist. The brief was to design a structure to be placed in the hallway that wouid reflect the characters of the clients and reflect the spirit of the room.
Genji reflects ‘her’, in terms of form, ‘him’ in terms of materials used, and the spirit of the room in terms of function.
The statement used when designing this piece was: ‘Going down roads less traveled’ and it is a play on vanishing points.
The desk was inspired by the Japanese-influenced Arts and Crafts Movement of America with attention to the Fricke House by Frank Lloyd Wright.
Lloyd Wright’s adoption of the Japanese principles of empty space being a positive, not a negative, as well as horizontal and vertical lines creating an organic whole were utilized in the deisgn of the writing desk.
The above left is a 3/4 sized replica of a chair by Ernest Gimson made entirely by hand using European Oak.
Above right is a art box designed for a client in the field of Graphic Design to hold technical drawing supplies and materials. It is made from walnut, sycamore, red leather, with a pear veneer on the interior.