Monday, December 7, 2009

Lab crush: Thomas Wold

Fractured Fairy Tales wall unit

In a cosmic convergence, Tricia and I both found Thomas Wold's portfolio of delights at the same time. After a mini catfight ("I saw him first." "No, he's mine!"), we decided that we could share, and now we're sharing with you.
Going through the photos, we realized I'd seen and bookmarked several of his pieces in ReadyMade (that bench!) and Tricia had admired his work in person at the Good Hotel. We just didn't know who he was or that he was local. Straight up, it's the coolest take on salvaged furniture we've seen. He has a fantastic color sense, and a way of creating pieces that walk a fine line between whimsical and serious.
Check out the way this Fractured Fairy Tales wall unit starts off with four tiny legs at the center, then blows out impossibly wide (it's tied to the wall. Made for a Berkeley client, the design incorporates ~80% recycled materials with new laser-cut fronts for some of the elements.
Street find turned stereo cabinet

His main website has great photos. His blog has documentation of the process, from inspiration to color studies. He even captures that moment when your idea is turning from concept to reality, and you're not sure it's going to pan out. Don't be fooled by the use of salvaged materials and the seeming effortlessness of the final pieces. This is professional work, beyond any casual DIY.
Block Party credenza

Mr. Wold, we're in love. If you see two ladies lurking around your studio space and giggling like Japanese schoolgirls, it's just us groupies. We're fairly harmless.

Images from Thomas Wold. Thanks to Wallflower for the tip.

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