REEDS

Humans have always worked with the materials they found in their immediate environment, creating their surroundings to suit their needs. Reeds and grasses are materials which are found on all continents and which have been used in an endless variety of ways. The scope of its materiality and its indigenous character is what inspired ‘Reeds’.

The first piece; ‘R1’ and starting point for the series is a side table, commissioned by a private client from Giethoorn in the Netherlands, a small village of farmhouses with traditional thatched roofs surrounded by wetlands. The reed used to create the table is grown on the surrounding land and was bought from the local thatcher only 300 meters from the client’s house. The oak used for the tabletop came from the local boat builder who builds traditional all-wooden boats which help the locals get around the village.

The supporting structure of the table is entirely made of water reeds. In a method very similar to that employed by traditional thatchers, the reed is tied together in bundles creating the volume, which is then trimmed down and padded into the final shape. The result is a free shaped volume with a surface displaying an intricate pattern of the circular cuts, and reed section gradients.

Following the ‘Dutch’ R1 table the next step was to create three tables at their home base in London. Using water reed grown in Norfolk and London plane wood coming from the Olympic site they created R2, R3 and R4.  The ‘British’ tables are a continuation in the exploration of the material and it’s potential in shapes and sizes.  These were exhibited in the ‘Inspired by India’ show at Sotheby’s, London, May 2012 and at Sofia Design Week, Bulgaria.