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Riptide Chest of Drawers

John Smith

Huon Pine, Plywood
1400m (h) x 550mm (w) x 500mm (d)

The Riptide Chest of Drawers aims to recreate the movements of ocean currents in solid form. Moulded plywood has been used to create the curved front, sides and back of the chest, with the exterior veneered in Huon Pine. The birds-eye grain of the Huon Pine further enhances the sense of a rippling surface. The wave form of the drawer fronts integrate the drawer-pull, unifying the functional with the design elements.
The chest of drawers is part of a series titled “riptide”. Its inspiration comes dually from the visual references of rippling waves that surround Tasmania and from the outcome of experimental research into moulding veneers into three-dimensional forms.
The grain of the Huon Pine veneer that covers the form further enhances the sense of rippling surface. The waveform of the drawer front integrates the drawer-pull (the sensuous contact point for the user) creating a unity of functional design elements.