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