Hi, I'm opening up the studio Saturday the 15th, along with other artists and craftspeople at the big and gritty Russell Industrial Center, where I've been making wood stuff in this space for 7+ years, so its nothing particularly new, but I'll have some gifty things and some not so gifty home furnishings for sale. More than anything, if you want to come by, hang out, and see where I make stuff, talk about tools or whatever, I'll be there.
1610 Clay Ave
It should look something like this once I get the sawdust cleaned up
and here is how to find the place, since GPS coordinates aren't very intuitive
See Art Design is also open for Detroit's Noel Night, stop by
In the flurry of activity getting ready for the Detroit Design Festival I was remiss in my blog-ular duties (not to mention during the entire month of August), but I would like to make everyone aware that my installation for the DDF is up until October 27th at See Art Design, (Re:view Contemporary's design oriented alter-ego) here in Detroit. Hours are Th-Sa, noon-6, or by appointment.
"impliedsurfaceshelter" is a large scale exploration of traditional
seat weaving as a means to divide the volume of a room through the dynamic, implied
surfaces that the tension within the weaving creates. It is constructed from 2x6" lumber, plywood, and polypropylene strapping.
Found this quote of his online, I agree completely
“A piece of furniture must never have a back. It must cohere: One shouldn’t be able to tell where it begins and where it ends. You experience furniture from every angle and it must stand up to being seen from all sides”
Introducing the Rand stool. The first in a series of kem3D seating pieces than embody a fresh, 3-dimensional exploration into traditional chair weaving. The woven pattern is not only broken out of its traditional planar state, but is scaled and manipulated along its implied surface. It is a solid maple frame built with mitered bridal and mitered moritse and tenon joinery, then woven with high strength nylon cord. Wood species as well as cord color can be specified to suit, 20"w x 19.5"l x 16"h.
Rand is my grandfather's middle name, an old family name that goes back generations from him. This piece (and really anything I make out of wood) probably wouldn't have been possible without him.
I will be attending this year's ICFF and NY Design week for the first time. While kem3D will not be showing (this time at least), I will be checking out as much of the show and satelite events as possible, and you can follow along with my new twitter feed. See you in New York City.
Hey friends and followers, I've finally been able to spend some time updating and reworking the galleries, its a work in progress, so keep an eye peeled.
Whoa, where'd January go?
With the New Year under way, I am pleased to announce that I am now represented exclusively in Detroit by See Art Design, an affiliate of Re:view Contemporary, please contact them with any sales inquiries.
The Cocktail event at the Detroit Artist's Market was fantastic, lots of great furniture and fashion to take in, below is a picture of me and my submission taken by fellow designer John Kaloustian. This design is an adeptation of the Breakplane table, with a cabinet suspended between the legs for wine and liquor storage, I'm quite happy with how it turned out.
I am also currently working on variations of the Parabolic Stools (see here) with some different proportions, first with a larger stool, then into benches and possibly chairs
a few of the first shot at a larger stool in progress, it will take a few iterations to get it right:
I will also be working on some updates to the website as time allows, It may be a little different since you visited last, but its a work in progress.
Last but not least, I am already thinking about a large scale installation for September's Detroit Design Festival, so stayed tuned for that!
...Is the theme of this year's Annual Design Show at the Detroit Artist's Market that I will be a participating in.
2012’S DAM DESIGN SHOW will celebrate COCKTAIL!
Thirteen local designers will share their own process of creating cocktail tables, side tables and bars, starting with sketches to the finished saleable product. During the exclusive Opening Event, DAM will once again host a runway show, featuring women’s cocktail evening wear by Emily Thornhill of Homeslice Clothing.
The ticketed opening is Friday January 12th, and the exhibition runs through February 18th, more info here
here is a teaser of what I'm working on for the show, hope to see you there!
These are the finished stools, "parabolic" and "parabolic rocker", maple wth paracord caning, and walnut and maple with paracord caning respectively. Each is currently on display and for sale at Re:View Contemporary's end of year Re:Collect show. There will be more pictures of these added to the work>sit section of the site as well.
These are more process pictures of the pair of stools that I am making for the Re:collect show Re:View Contemporary. Our last installment showed the basic pieces cut out and some of the upper joinery cut. Following that was a lot of hand work to tune the joint's fittament, gluing, cutting and designing the joinery for the lower end of the pieces. Following that, assembly, shaping, beveling, sanding, drilling and finishing, oh my. Enjoy, next week I'll have some pictures of the pieces with the seats woven in.
fine tuning upper joints
test fit of all pieces
cutting out the final arches
joining the "feet"
routing the bevels
assembled and fully shaped, time for drilling the holes for the seat and sanding
sanded and finished with oil, time for the seat
I am working on two new pieces for the 2011 Re:Collect show at Re:View Contemorary which opens December 3rd. I am working in all solid wood for these, and on some of the most complex joinery that I've attempted to date, definitely learning a lot through this process, which I hope to apply to other pieces, including ones larger in scale.
Below are a few photos of the pieces in progress, there is still quite a bit of work to do.
There is also some online content for each segment, and I was featured in an audio slideshow that goes along with the Creative Class segment which you can watch below.
So the innaugural Detroit Design Festival has kicked off.....
Come see kem3D and other area artists and designers at Re:View Contemporary's TOMORROW Friday the 23rd in the exclusive, yet temporary, 5th floor space, for the Re:Design event as part of the DDF.
Saturday, you can see a bit of my, and many other's creative processees at CCS in detroit, at the Creative Process happening
another cool thing to check out on Saturday, amonst everything else going on is the Center for Abandoned Letterhead
...and Sunday, wash it all down with a fine bier at the Tashmoo Biergarten
Its been a busy (and fun) summer having been helping out with many projects and events coming up. Some are fun Detroit things and some are art and design related things, but while I am looking forward to all them, I am also looking forward to getting back into the studio in earnest on my core mission of designing and building innovative furniture. More on that later, but for now, September and October are chock full -o- fun:
I have one piece among over 100 in The Actual Size Biennial being put on by the Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit (CAID) at the Whitdell Arts Gallery in Mexicantown.
The 1st annual Detroit Design Festival will run between September 21st-28th with various art and design related happenings, shows, lectures and more. I will have work at the Re:View Contemporary Gallery's one night exhibit, Re:Design 2011, as well as at CCS' New Center Campus in the Creative Process exhibit.
The 10th Annual Tour de Troit rides on September 24th. I've been helping design flyers, posters, and t-shirts for this bike ride since 2006, its a great time, and we are planning on over 5000 riders this year! Registration including a t-shirt ends today, but you can still sign up for the ride unitl at least next week I believe.
Popps Packing will be having a fundraising event involving every Cub Scout's favorite project coming up in the beginning of October, that I'll be participating in, so keep an eye out for that.
Last but not least, the 3rd Annual Detroit Cornhole Tournament ("cornhole" for the uninititated, is essentially a beanbag toss game) Saturday October 1st,for which I had the pleasure of helping with the build out of 20 pairs of cornhole boards.