Node Top is a spinning top that results from the meeting of two materials, and the intrusion of a third. This object consists of a hand-polished disc of raw steel intersected by two hand-polished brass hemispheres. The brass hemispheres provide both the surface upon which the spinning top spins, and the knob used to activate it. Each brass hemisphere suggests the presence of its pair through a reflection in the hand-polished steel disc. The perfect symmetry of this object is broken by a small hole near the edge of the disc which has been filled with clear epoxy—a third material which announces itself as a discontinuity.
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Pulse Lamp is inspired by a longstanding favourite building of mine, the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale. Though I have never had the opportunity to visit this library in person, I often return to it as a source of inspiration for its innovative use of material. Mirroring the Beinecke Library's use of stone, my Pulse Lamp uses marbled glass sheets as diffusers. These glass sheets shift in colour and apparent translucency in reaction to the lamp's light source. The glass has a beautiful texture on its own, but its beauty is underscored when it is backlit, revealing an expanded range of colour and texture. Pulse Lamp's spun satin brass body complements the glass by resting on any surface with minimal contact. Two pieces of brass hardware keep both the brass lamp body from rolling and the glass firmly in place. Pulse Lamp is design invested in the poetics of material and illumination.
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Letter Opener is the result of many processes. A solid piece of wood was carved, then sand-cast in bronze. This bronze part was then carved further to arrive at a final form, creating a master copy used for sand-cast, hand-polished Letter Openers. This process has resulted in an undulating form with satisfying weight that is an excellent fit for the hand, marking a distinction from the typically thin letter opener.
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Vide Poche N°03 is the third in an ongoing series of vide-poches. Each is hand-carved and sand-cast in bronze in an edition of three pieces. The interior of the vide-poche is then hand-polished, creating a reflective surface and a striking contrast in texture from the rough, sand-cast exterior.
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Letter Organizer was created for the exhibtion YOUTH, at Souvenir Studios in Toronto. This object was inspired by a desktop organizer at my father's former office. The form of Letter Organizer comes from an 8.5" x 11" ruled piece of paper, folded in half, with the lines replaced by cuts.
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