Andrew Jacobs



City

Savannah

State

Georgia

Zip

31401

Artist's Statement

TITLE OF WORK - VENUS What was your inspiration for this piece? OR If the piece is a reproduction, explain whether your intent was to make an authentic reproduction or if you have intentionally changed some details? - Venus was designed to epitomize the "Neotenic" design trend, defined by chubby extremities, childlike forms, and soft curves. The overall form is inspired by the three-legged birthing stool, a fragile piece of furniture. What were your project goals? Did you use a unique process, design element, or construction method? - The goal of this project was to design a monolithic and sculptural piece of furniture. I wanted something that carried enough weight to demand attention and conversation when within any given space. - The form of this chair is very unique and includes many computer-generated curves. It is almost entirely carved with a 5-axis CNC machine, and assembled by hand. What type of wood(s) did you use? What wood products did you use? What type of finish did you use? (or intend to use if finish coat is not yet applied at the time of entry) - This piece is entirely constructed of solid black walnut and finished in multiple coats of original Odie's-Oil. Did you use any special equipment, design software, jigs, or hardware? Were any of these new to you? - I used Solidworks to model all 10 components which were then carved by a large 5-axis CNC machine. During the glue-ups, I constructed complex jigs to ensure even glue pressure, even on the curved surfaces. I have used Solidworks and CNC once before, but the jigs I made for this piece were entirely new. What is the intended market or client for this product? - This piece requires a lot of lumber as well as processes that are not currently widely available, making this work a fine art and sculptural piece of furniture. I intend to make these in small batches for the collectors market. TITLE OF WORK - MA, a Low Lounge Chair What was your inspiration for this piece? OR If the piece is a reproduction, explain whether your intent was to make an authentic reproduction or if you have intentionally changed some details? - The MA Chair is one of six pieces from my collection, "The Space Between All Things". "The Space Between All Things" is a collection of furniture that aims to further the connection with one's self and eventually one's surroundings. Each piece was designed to be placed separately throughout the home, creating individual moments of connection. Solid forms, elevated lines, and relative space all contribute to allowing individuals to embrace the silence & stillness around them. - The individual inspiration with this specific piece was to create a comfortable lounge chair that sits low to the ground; providing the user with not only a new perspective of their surroundings, but allowing them to feel further grounded within their environment. The chair's sitting experience is intended to promote moments of self reflection and contemplation. What were your project goals? Did you use a unique process, design element, or construction method? - One of my main goals with this piece, as well as the others in the collection, was to utilize simple form and construction so that the visual aspects of the piece do not distract from the user experience. The chair's simple construction and form allow for a truthful and honest viewing of the chair, as nothing is hidden; this further allows the user to easily connect with themselves. What type of wood(s) did you use? What wood products did you use? What type of finish did you use? (or intend to use if finish coat is not yet applied at the time of entry) - This piece is entirely constructed of Northern Hard Maple. The upholstery is done in 100% felted wool from Luum Textiles. The chair is then finished in Odies Oil. Did you use any special equipment, design software, jigs, or hardware? Were any of these new to you? - I used Solidworks to model the entire collection, including this piece. - The backrest is a full maple lamination. - The chair uses chunky rubber bumpers as feet and in between the seat pan for vibration reduction. - To pair the backrest with the back post, a CNC machine carved the exterior curve of the backrest into the top of the back post. - The only part of this construction that was new to me, was the upholstery. I have never sewn or upholstered before and so this provided many challenges, especially in the backrest cushion. Moving forward, I would like to redo the cushions, creating more seamless cushions with dough-like curves instead of hard lines. What is the intended market or client for this product? - The simple construction allows for a short manufacturing time. I intend to sell this piece to the interior designer/architect market for special projects.

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