Twirl Coffee Table
Oak, Glass
100cm x35cm

This design was inspired by a picture of a woman twirling in a dress.
I was intrigued by the shape defined by the hem of her skirt and by the sense of movement.
Could I make something of it?
I can't remember how long it took me to come up with the idea of making it the underframe for a coffee table.
Finding the right proportions and the right curvature for the legs took several days in the workshop, drawing it and re-drawing it full size.

Once the shape was settled the real head scratching began: how to make it?
Could I laminate it? Steam bend it?
In the end I opted for coopering - the technique used for making barrels.
Each leg is made of ten sections with their edges planed to an angle of 7.5° and joined together.
6 legs was too many and 4 too few: too symmetrical.
5 legs seemed to capture some of the sense of movement I started from.

Twirl#2 Coffee Table
Maple, Glass
100cm x35cm