The time between commissions are spent exploring different material and techniques. A great example of an experiment leading to a commission is 'Standard18'. A wonderfully fun yet elegant new wine rack.
The Standard18 is an exercise in simplicity, the real star of the show is the material, Valchromat, coloured MDF. The colour is not a surface treatment, the pigment runs through the entire board. Allowing for some interesting techniques and colour layering. Our next challenge was how many bottles should the basic wine rack hold? What feels right? How do we deal with the variety of bottle shapes?
All these questions impact the dimensions of the wine rack, eventually creating the proportions of the overall piece.
Valchromat has a very interesting texture. It can look like stone. The mottled effect is pleasing and helps to break up the large flat sections.