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February 1, 2010

Cinderella Table

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A 2005 creation by Dutch designer Jeroen Verhoeven, of CNC-cut plywood.

From the Victoria & Albert Museum website: "For the form of the table Verhoeven was inspired by 17th and 18th century archetypal shapes of tables and commodes that he found in the library of the Stedlijk Museum in Amsterdam, because he regarded this period as the highpoint of furniture craftsmanship.  He simplified their outlines, then merged them together in a computer to create a fluid three-dimensional form from two-dimensional drawings."

"This process took three months to perfect. The virtual design was 'sliced' and each of the 57 slices, each 80mm thick (a total of 741 layers of plywood), was fabricated by CNC (computer numerically controlled) cutting machines, working on three, and sometimes five axes.  Each slice was cut from the front and from the back to perfect the curves and undercuts, pushing the boundaries of the technology. All the slices were assembled and the entire object, which is a hollow plywood form, was finished by hand."

Limited edition of 20, many of which were purchased by museums while a few remain available from Friedman Benda in New York and Haunch of Venison in London.



the table from behind.

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Very attractive & so on.
What do you call it when you celebrate a thing for its unique thingness, and that property is (or those properties are) not incorporated into any other thing or thingness - thingamalism? I know, I know, it can illuminate undiscovered (or unappreciated) qualities of a thing to present it as something else, or use it in another way. It has its place, for sure, and God knows it has its time, which seems to be all the time, these days.

But, it would be different, maybe nice, to see a rock as a rock. (Sorry, Gertrude.) A beautiful rock, in it's roundy roundness or craggy cragginess. A cat as a cat. An aircraft carrier as an aircraft carrier. Unembellished? My brain hurts.

Posted by: Flautist | Feb 1, 2010 9:45:08 PM

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