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.

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

 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.

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

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.

*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 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.

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.

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