BRENDAN SHARPE, ENTRANCE TABLE, 2001
HUON PINE, MYRTLE, MYRTLE VENEER, ALUMINIUM
870(H) x 1500(W) x 450(D) mm
The entrance table evokes elegance and simplicity through the design of its leg form. A key element is that is eliminates the need for conventional rails, thus giving a sense of lightness to the piece. The front legs are steam bent and laminated, based around sweeping aluminium curves, which form the structure of the table. The entrance table is constructed from precious Tasmanian Huon Pine and Myrtle timber, giving it a rich warm feel. Its tall, elongated and slender form makes it a perfect compliment to any welcoming space.
“The Entrance Table is one of a series of pieces I have designed for entrances. Entrances are the places where we reveal ourselves to others, they are the spaces that mark the transition between the outside world and our personal ‘inside’ lives. In an entrance, we can share what we value and invite others to know more about us.”
Brendan designs and makes contemporary furniture from his studio in the historic Georgian township of Richmond, Tasmania. His work is elegant and practical, using fine local timber as a key material and combining sensuous curves with distinctive details. Tasmanian-born of Scottish and Irish parents, Sharpe has chosen the island’s relaxed lifestyle after a decade in London. He draws his inspiration from this experience, as well as his heritage and the grand natural beauty of his surroundings.
“I believe that furniture has a spiritual, as well as a functional role to play in our lives.”
Born: 1959, Tasmania
Training: London School of Furniture, 1990; Bachelor of Fine Art (Furniture), University of Tasmania, 1997