The crate series is based upon experimentation with simple geometric packing systems generated by rectangular sections of wood organized in a solid matrix. The piece is a combination of aesthetic qualities derived from distinct material operations, eliciting rough crystalline like irregular surfaces that contrast with smooth pixelated wood grains.
The material matrix is cut to form its exterior shape, trimmed away to form a solid cuboid shape, while the interior is excavated from within, pieces selectively removed one by one, generating an irregular voided space within. This excavation is a simple process of subtraction leaving a semi-periodic pattern of voided space that pierce the exterior and carve away its mass. These pierces form sight-lines within and through the piece generating a variable pattern of transparency as one moves around, at times appearing solid and opaque, and others highly porous and transparent. The remaining interior pieces both give structure and form a complex surface that contrasts the geometric effect of the exterior, disrupting the smooth texture and subtly revealing the nature of its geometric organization.
This piece is constructed of a simple set of shapes, milled to specification and then customized where necessary to adhere to the exterior form. The overall assembly is created by piece to piece glued connections, packed together into the form.
Both of these hardwoods have very unique grain coloring and texture, enhancing the natural texture of the geometry. These woods are also relatively high density, and have good dimensional stability over long periods of time, resistance to warping, making them ideal for a structure of this complexity.