The Bean is a perfect example of a complex project that was worth the wait.
The conversation started early in the year and it was clear from the beginning that pulling off a kidney bean shape was essential. To make a long story short, substantial curves in wood are tricky and we knew the Bean was going to be a fun challenge. There are a number of different ways to handle curved pieces, but most involve plywoods and veneers, and that’s not our thing. (If you’re interested in more about how the piece was made, head over to Behind the Scenes).
The design prompt for The Bean was to create a vanity desk that handle all the responsibilities for make-up: integrated mirror, storage for all the supplies, and plenty of desk-top real estate. After years of using an older desk, the client knew exactly the size, shape, and requirements for the new upgrade. Given all those specifics, we experimented with a few different base options and then got to work building out the framework, hammering out the details as the piece came together.
Altogether It took about a year from initial conversation to delivery, but having an extended schedule allowed us to experiment, test, get feedback, and ultimately deliver a piece that was exactly what the client wanted. That’s always worth the wait.
Scope of work: Design, fabrication
Completion date: 2/18
Materials: Walnut, brass, glass, leather
Dimensions: 40" H, 30" L, 23" W