Tuesday 31 August 2010

Magus Dining Table

The Magus Dining Table is a sculptural piece of furniture.  First created by Andrea Felice for TENT London 2009 part of the London Design Festival.

The Magus is a limited edition piece - only 9 variations of the Table will be produced in total.  Please contact AF Designs directly to commission.

The table is constructed to the highest standards from solid oak and stainless steel table. Designed and handcrafted using traditional furniture techniques by Andrea Felice.
bespoke handcrafted handmade oak table by Andrea Felice AF Deisgns

The solid oak top that has been hand carved at the corners to create the impression of it floating above its voluptuous legs.

The wood turned and carved legs are highlighted by teardrop stainless steel inserts (crafted by sculpture Simon Black using a high pressure water inflation technique).

A velvet finish has been created by a hand applied wax technique, with the grain detail emphasised by first using acid.

bespoke handcrafted handmade oak table by Andrea Felice AF Deisgns
Artist and good friend Simon Black has constructed the stainless steel teardrop features on the table legs. Simon describes himself as ‘someone who normally makes useless things from useful objects, but in this instance working with Andrea he has, for a change, made something useful from something useless’.  Simon has a BFA from the Norwich School of Art and a masters degree from the University of Alberta, Canada.  He worked as an assistant to sculptor Sir Anthony Caro for three years. And as mentioned above has developed a technique enabling him to water inflated stainless steel.

Magus in Latin means the ability to read the stars, and manipulate the fate that the stars foretold.  Magus is associated with magic, astrology, alchemy and esoteric knowledge.

Simon Magus (Simon the Sorcerer) was regarded as the source of all heresies. He was specifically said to possess the ability to levitate and fly at will. And was a character in Dante’s inferno.

Photography by Holly Jolliffe

Monday 30 August 2010

Elementi Copper Cabinet

The Elementi Patina Copper Cabinet is a monolithic, rough and challenging piece of sculptural furniture.

First created by Andrea Felice to been exhibited at TENT London 2009 part of the London Design Festival.

IDFX Magazine selected the cabinet as one of the standout products from that years show.

Only 9 variations of the cabinet will be produced. Each cabinet will vary in it's patternation and therefore be unique.

The copper mosaic panels that cover the front of the unit are constructed from 0.7mm copper sheet. The sheets have been aged and treated to give each panel a different texture and luster (patination). The copper has then been sealed, however with use and age the panels will continually change appearance – ever evolving.

Disguised behind the copper mosaic panels are 2 cupboards and 5 drawers. The drawers use BLUM concealed runners with built in push catch latches and glide open with the touch of a finger. The cupboards use Hafele 45 degree hinges to allow the edges of the front of the unit to be mitered - creating a seamless box.

The body of the unit is made from black pigment moisture resistant fibre board. Drawers and back are constructed from furniture grade Birch Ply to lighten the interior of the outwardly dark unit

Cabinets are made to order - price on application. Please email: mail@af-designs.co.uk or phone.

This concept, could be adapted to a wide range of furniture – from single units, to bedroom sets, even a whole kitchen. Commissions for such work taken.

Elementi concept could be made from various finishes depending on brief and could utilise materials such as solid woods, lacquer, other metals such as stainless or brass, and/or leather. We could also incorporate features such as dovetailed draws if desired.

Elementi 1/9 & 2/9 have been sold by Decoratum in Marylebone London in 2010.

Photography : Decoratum