THE STYJL
 

QUESTIONS + COMMENTS

Why are seven pieces featured on your home pages?

The seven pieces that appear on our home pages were created in the 16 years between 1973 and 1989. The Sud Möbel Chair at the beginning and the Tatiana 12 Poster Canopy Bed at the end of this period.

The remaining nine pieces were created in a flurry of sustained effort during the summer and fall of 1997. Each piece of work began life as a balsa wood scale model like this one of the TAD Dresser:

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What is the meaning and value of “provenance” in your work?

prov·e·nance
 noun \ˈpräv-nən(t)s, ˈprä-və-ˌnän(t)s\
: origin or source of something

The value of provenance in my work is based on three facts:

  1. I was taught the principles of de Stijl sculpture by my art professor, himself one of the participants in the movement: In its most basic form all art, including sculpture, is strictly linear and expressed in primary colors and neutrals.
  2. My works are direct extensions of furniture sculptures created by Gerrit Thomas Rietveld.
  3. Provenance cannot be copied easily because each piece is signed, numbered and dated by the artist with metal stamps in the wood.

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Why did you name it the SOHO collection?

It’s named after the inspiration for this collection: The area SOuth Of HOuston in New York City.

Hardwood selections

Jatoba Jatoba (Brazilian Cherry) varies from a light brown to a darker reddish brown, sometimes with contrasting darker grayish brown streaks. Color tends to darken upon exposure to light. Jatoba is rated as being very durable with regard to rot resistance and is also resistant to termites and most other insects. *Specific Gravity 0.91; Yanka Hardness 1,690 lbf.
Ipé Ipé (Brazilian Walnut) is also known as “Ironwood” and is among the most durable lumbers on earth, with exceptional resistance to decay, rot, and insect attack. Ipé was reportedly used for commercial sailing vessel keels in the 18th and 19th centuries. Ipé is difficult to glue. *Specific Gravity 1.10; Yanka Hardness 3,510 lbf.
Massaranduba Massaranduba (Brazilian Bulletwood) is a medium to dark reddish brown. Color tends to darken with age. Bulletwood can pose challenges in gluing due to high density and oil content. Bulletwood is an incredibly strong, dense wood. *Specific Gravity 1.06; Yanka Hardness 3,190 lbf.
Cumaru Cumaru (Brazilian Teak) tends to be a medium brown, sometimes with a reddish or purplish hue; some pieces may have streaks of yellowish or greenish brown. Cumaru presents difficulties in gluing and pre-boring is necessary when screwing or nailing the wood. *Specific Gravity 1.09; Yanka Hardness 3,330 lbf.
Rock Maple Rock Maple (Birdseye Maple) color ranges from nearly white, to an off-white cream, sometimes with a reddish or golden hue. In tree form, Hard Maple is usually referred to as Sugar Maple and it is the tree most often tapped for maple syrup. *Specific Gravity 0.71; Yanka Hardness 1,450 lbf.
Wild Cherry Wild Cherry (Curly) is a light pinkish brown when freshly cut, darkening to a deeper golden brown with time and upon exposure to light. The wood is difficult to stain due to its fine, close grain. *Specific Gravity 0.62; Yanka Hardness 1,150 lbf.

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*Specific Gravity and Yanka Hardness: The Style pieces require very hard woods to sustain the pressure of being joined at right angles by extreme compression. This requirement limits the choice to very hard woods like those from Brazil which are used primarily as laminate material. There two basic ways to measure the hardness of a wood:

Specific Gravity compares the density of a wood with water. Technically, specific gravity measures the ratio of a wood’s density compared to water. So if a wood is of the same density as water, the specific gravity would be 1.00. However, as with any density measurement for wood, it is greatly dependent upon the wood’s moisture content: the more moisture the wood contains, the denser it will be. Brazilian hardwoods nearly meet or exceed the specific gravity requirement.

Yanka Hardness is incredibly useful in directly determining how well a wood will sustain the pressure of being joined by extreme compression of woods in The Style SOHO Collection. The actual number listed in the wood profiles above is the amount of pound-force (lbf) required to imbed a 0.444″ (11.28 mm) diameter steel ball into the wood to half the ball’s diameter. This number is given for wood that has been dried to 12% moisture content.

Where can I see your work?

You can see my work in West Palm Beach or Singer Island, Florida. Please call 561-779-5577 to set up an appointment.

All Designs Patented. ©1973-2017 by Victor Cook. All Rights Reserved.