January 16, 2013
With all that’s readily available to us sometimes you just can’t find what your looking for. This was the case when seeking out a coffee table for my Bklyn apartment. I yearned for something organic in shape, in an aged dirty bronze that still felt elegant & refined.
After coming up empty handed, I choose to create it for myself. It was a journey that I loved, having something specific in mind….a shape, a material, a patina, a vibe… And then collaborating with a craftsman, working in a medium I had never endeavored before. I was thrilled to work with Valessa Monk of Monk Designs, experiencing her metal worksop & realizing my concept being formed, start to finish, was just incredible!
We began with a slick & shiny rectilinear piece of bronze….torched, melted, manipulated, hammered, & banged until it resembled my original sketch. The base of the table was was inspired & cast from actual plant stalks found in nature, giving the legs their amazing nubby tactile texture!
There was lots of visits to the shop to perfect the table top….more burnt, less glossy, too much texture…can we blur it out?, make the edges darker?…..this was the fun part! I am SWOONING the dainty and delicate asymmetrical shape of the table base juxtaposed with the rougher finish of the table top. For me it’s a functioning piece of sculpture that I get to live with every day! I’m also honored that my apartment, myself, & the table is featured in this months Harpers Bazaar magazine!