After a year away my table and plant stand, 2nd place winner of the MCAD/Shetka Stone competition, was finally returned home.
Meteorite Table & Comet Stand
The table tops of these two pieces are made from Shetka Stone, which is a product made from recycled paper. They were kind enough to donate a ton of this material to our school and sponsor a little design competition, in which I placed second. It is pretty cool stuff, you can learn more about it on their webpage, here: http://shetkastone.com/
Almost immediately I realized the thing I liked most about this product was the way the texture changes as you cut into it. To highlight this I used the CNC router to mill a circular depression into the center of the pieces.
This crater-like centerpiece is where the name for the Meteorite table is derived. Its companion piece, the Comet stand, which also has a milled depression, gets its name from the long tail that makes the base.
With these two pieces back in my hands, all of my prodigal sons have returned home!
I’m so glad to have these up on the site now as they represent the start of this exploration into stratified materials and astronomical themes.
The Apollo Table is the centerpiece for my senior exhibition at MCAD-
made from ebonized ash wood, with a laminated plywood top.
looking at the underside of the table you can see that the legs do not touch in the center, creating the X shaped opening in the top.
the four top panels are laminated in a Nevamar “White Essence” laminate- a nice cool white with flecks of grey. This contrasts the rich black of the ebonized ash wood quite nicely.
The name of the “Apollo table” is derived from the Apollo space program. I chose a name as a continuation of the space-theme I’ve been using for much of my connected recent work (including the Orbit shelves and Meteorite table). The name is a reflection on the landing-craft look of the flaring tapered legs and the white top reminicent to me of the lunar surface.
It’s been a hectic end-of-the-semester as I’ve been preparing my senior show.
I can hardly believe I’ll be graduating from MCAD already.
And as the semester ends that means new work is going to be documented and uploaded to the site. Exciting huh?
In addition to new work, two pieces I completed in 2011 but never had a chance to be documented will be returning home after there extended vaction with the Shetka Stone company.
Meteorite Table & Comet Stand
The Meteorite Table & Comet Stand were pivitol pieces in my furniture career, and they won me second place in the Shetka Stone competition here at MCAD. Before they were documented they went to the ICFF in chicago with the other student work from the competition and until just recently I had no good pictures at all of the work.
Soon though they will be home- just in time for documentation along with the other work I’ve made for my senior show.
So look forward to those updates coming soon!
After its long delayed trip home my little Loom Chair is recieving some small acclaim-
It was selected by Juror Clara Kim, the senior curator of visual arts at the Walker Art Center, as one of five pieces out of the total 75 in the show to receive juror honors, and here I was just excited to be picked out out the 350+ entries to be in the show at all.
Here’s a photo of it looking spiffy in the MCAD Gallery-
You can see more photos of the exhibition on the MCAD Gallery facebook page
Marching on towards my graduation from MCAD in April, boy has the time flown by!
Here’s the two most notable sets of the work I made in the last of my Fall semesters, the “Orbit Shelves” and “Monoliths.”
Orbit Shelves, Large and small, Ash grouping
Orbit Shelf, Shetka Stone Black
Orbit Shelves, large and small, Ash grouping
First new work I’ve put up since making the site- this chair was something I made during my summer in Denmark attending the DIS furniture program. The chair is wood, soap finished, upholstered in black paper yarn. Fully functional.
OpenParenthesis is a web portfolio for Ian Nystrom, furniture designer, fabricator and sculptor.