Friday, May 3, 2013

Catching up after the Chicago International Show

After a relatively smooth trip to Chicago - just a 2 hour hold in Seattle airport because of storms in Chicago area, we had a very smooth time at the show. A number of old friends stopped by to say hello and (even better) many purchased something. Once back in Vancouver, I had to start working on the orders I had received. I had two orders for one of my acrylic chandeliers and as usual, I made changes to the design for each one. Here are two photos of one of them. I love the pattern it throws on the floor. I'll try and get a photo of it suspended above a table: the result should be good.

Monday, December 10, 2012

New light designs

the base on this one is all wood
As the winter gets grayer and darker out here in Vancouver  in the rain forest belt (temperate kind) I decided making some new lights would help brighten my days. One of the new lights uses stone for the base, which acts as a great counter-weight for cantilevered shades. I'm using LEDs  in the lights as usual. 
One light is another sculpture using some acrylic tubing that Phyllis Tucker (no relation) generously gave me.

glow in the dark bull rushes???

stone base

the arc goes up about 7 inches

I just like the contrast of rectilinear and curved

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Modern Minis at COSTCO!!!!!

I was at my local Costco today and was pleasantly shocked to discover they are carrying a modern dollhouse for Christmas. I believe it is made by KidKraft; I have to go back and check. At the time I was on a grocery mission, and didn't pay enough attention. I've attached a photo I took with my very poor phone camera. I shall try and get some more photos and information - such as price.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Fire! Fire!

I've started assembling a new type of flicker unit for my fireplaces; this one will work with batteries as well(coin type, so don't take up much space). The effect is one of glowing embers, although I do have another type that is more like an active fire. This video is of  a unit using batteries.
What do you think?

Monday, October 22, 2012

My how time flies when one does not focus. There were a few distractions like illnesses and the like, but mainly inertia that stopped me from keeping the blog up-to-date. Let's see if I can do better.
The Good Samaritan Showcase of Miniatures is a beautifully run show (all by volunteers) in the San Jose California area. We (my wife Jeremie and I) had a good time and enjoyed a couple days visiting friends in San Francisco after the show.
Now it's back to work. I've added a couple of new art deco - moderne pieces that are variations on some earlier pieces of mine.
the front is Red Heart
yes, they are drawers

Top in Brazilian Cherry , base is Padauk 

Monday, April 30, 2012

Back from the Chicago International

This year almost everything went as planned for the show, nothing got lost, nothing (much) got broken, and had enough sales to make the venture worthwhile. It would have been a practically perfect trip if it weren't for the little issue of getting to the airport at 7:30 AM for what turned out to be an 8:45 PM departure. For a mere $150, that little glitch was fixed (imagine lots of bad language here).
A couple of people asked me to teach a workshop building a mid-century modern roombox. If I can get enough confirmed interest I'll do that. My workshop on "advanced LEDs " was full, and I think everyone got something out of it. I changed my approach in midstream when I saw that I was going to lose some people. Always good for an adrenalin rush - making up a class as you give it.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Homework assignment: download this book

I recently went to an show at the Bellevue Arts Museum in, funnily enough, Bellevue, Washington, on George Nelson, one of the giants of 20th century design. It was quite small, but I saw a number of examples of his work that I was not familiar with (unlike his bench, which I admire and make). The King county library system (you won't be surprised to learn that Bellevue is in King county) had a handout available at the show which lists of books by George Nelson, including this FREE download of "Tomorrow's House: a complete guide for the Home-builder" . I'm only part way into it, but it's a fascinating read on the how and why of modernism, especially in the USA of the mid century and the ideas can certainly be transferred to the mini domain. I'd love to hear other modern enthusiasts' opinions.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

in De Stijl - so to speak

I know puns are the lowest form of humour but I can't miss a chance like this. 
Stephanie commented she thought there was some feel of Mondrian in the golden section display cases. He and Gerrit Rietveld belonged to the Dutch design group De Stijl (The Style). I understand that it was Mondrian who suggested the Red/Blue colour scheme to Reitveld - the original chair was plain wood. In any event here's my photo of the pieces together.

Red/Blue chairs and display unit

Friday, February 10, 2012

A Couple of Golden Section Display units

I mentioned previously I had a couple of other display units based to some extent on the golden section. These particular units are about 6" (15cm tall) but scale down quite nicely; the golden section is a ratio of side lengths, not a fixed number.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Golden sections and rectangles

I've recently completed a couple of books on the use of the golden section in design - yes I know I have to get a life - and made a couple of pieces trying to use the value as much as possible. This display unit is one result. It works both as a vertical and horizontal piece. 
About 6 " 15 cm tall
Here's a shot with one of Neil Carter's nice deco pieces on display. I have a couple of other units that I will take photos of and add here. There are some other examples shown in my modern furniture pages. I've also made some "clip on" led lights, so the individual compartments can be lit up. Putting a back on the piece is a good idea as it hides the wires - also means it's easy to make battery powered.
Same unit, horizontal orientation