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GC18

David
 
Knowles


The Giant’s Causeway is an inspiring place of stunning natural beauty, grandeur and mystique. Interlocking hexagonal columns of ancient black basalt rise out of the ocean forming a majestic stepped pathway to the land. During a trip to Northern Ireland, the Giant’s Causeway resonated deeply with me. The place was breath-taking and filled me with a sense of awe. The multifaceted levels, the undulating forms and the natural but orderly rhythm of the hexagons made me want to capture the essence and spirit of the Causeway’s unique landscape within a piece of furniture. GC18 is a coffee table that responds to the key aesthetic elements that make up the natural beauty of the Giant’s Causeway. 400 Hexagonal columns cast in Jesmonite replicate the basic characteristics of the basalt steps. A regulated pattern with equal spacing emphasises the individual character of each hexagon yet combines the forms into a single entity. The varying heights of the columns and overall organic shape mimic the natural flow of the terrain. The table is a fusion of sculptural elements and functional design. It aims to connect people with nature, translating the emotions of the area, and evoking its innate serenity. GC18 is a tactile and intriguing table which is thought-provoking and inspires mindfulness – encouraging us to relax, slow down and take time off to enjoy the calm of the present moment. Context: For my Final Major Project at university I created a side table – a prototype for GC18. This prototype was used to prove the concept of the table worked. I am currently designing and making the full coffee table, to be completed by July. The visuals included are photos of the side table and a slide illustrating the direction for the development of the table. The coffee table will be very similar to the side table, but bigger and better!