There are many aspects that we love about designing and building furniture pieces ... but by far, one of the best aspects is having carte blanche to come up with a piece that will act as an art piece. When Financial Advisor, Hugo Donais, requested a reception desk that would make a bold statement in his modern new office located in the Mondrian building, downtown Victoria, BC, we were happy to oblige.
After falling in love with the energy that natural wood brings to a white modern space, Donais was set on a live edge Western Maple tabletop for the reception desk.
The reception desk is paired with white Mirra chairs by Herman Miller, available at Monk Office.
Following our Lead Designer, Kirk Van Ludwig's natural inclination to juxtapose materials against the natural wood slab, Kirk set the tabletop on curved, cold rolled blackened steel legs. The end result is an art piece set in the entryway of the financial office, attracting attention from clients and walk by traffic.
Sourced from a private wood lot in Cowichan Bay, the Western Maple slab was air dried for 3 years before kiln drying it. "The slab top is very much a play between art and function. We manipulated the piece to fit the space, offering a hybrid between nature and mechanical. The client is fastidious about detail and presentation, so I wanted to challenge the eye, balancing the slab on a very shallow arc of thin metal plates." describes Van Ludwig. In true form to Autonomous' designs, Van Ludwig says, "I love it when 500 pounds of steel leg meet a 500-pound slab; designing and engineering come together for the moment of truth."
Photos by Jody Beck of Modern Home Victoria. For a full office tour, click here.