SMALL CHEST

PAUL BAILEY, SMALL CHEST, 1992

BLACKWOOD, BRASS, STAINLESS STEEL
270(H) x 295(D) x 470(L) mm

THE WORK

The Small Chest is constructed with Blackwood, using mortise and tenon and dovetail joinery, incorporating floating panels. Paul has fixed the lid with bronze hinges and a stainless steel stay. The understated nature of the fastening system allows the gentle intricacy of the woven panels to maintain a sense of focus.

“In making the Small Chest I have interwoven many fragile Blackwood pieces to form a single object which, through this unity, gains strength greater than the sum of its individual parts. The ‘many pieces – one whole’ concept also relates to my view of nature and society being underpinned by innumerable, fragile and interdependent connections.”

THE DESIGNER

Paul Bailey began his career by studying at the University of Tasmania, where he graduated from the Centre of Furniture Design in 1986. He went on to further his involvement in the design industry by becoming one of the founding directors of the Designer Makers Cooperative, which is based in Hobart. Paul’s tendency toward producing limited editions and one-off pieces means his works are highly sought after and each contain a sense of individuality and significance. Along with his passion for design, Paul has also studied language and literature.

Born: 1961, Hobart, Australia

Training: Bachelor of Fine Art (Furniture), University of Tasmania, 1986