AVAILABLE WORKS

Below are photos of work that is currently available, Please contact Michael for more information, including pricing.

MARINA LINE

 

The MARINA LINE is a collection of furniture intended to provide work of heirloom quality, made from sustainable materials, at a much lower price-point than comparable one-of-a-kind pieces.

The catalyst for The Marina Line was a request from a friend in Japan. Mr. Shosai Yamauchi asked me to design a line of furniture that he and his consortium of small manufacturers would build and market in Japan. His colleagues have shops that specialize in certain kinds of woodworking. For instance, one makes products for use in the bath, one is an upholsterer, and another fabricates "kumiko" or latticework typically used in screens and lamps.
I’ve had a longstanding interest in providing furniture that is more accessible to more people. I want to provide something of quality that would be affordable for my family and friends. The process of designing and developing furniture forms for production is very different from my usual approach to the making one-of-kind pieces but obviously shares some overlap. In both cases, the work is by nature labor intensive but it is a joy to be engrossed in that process. With the production design challenge, I ask myself, “How can I make the best piece possible – within this context?” I ask myself further how I can simplify construction, allow the voice of material to be heard, and have proportion and structure work together to establish an identity? And how can I make that identity attractive and accessible to a broader range of people?
The Marina Line is also driven by the understanding that we have to do better by our planet, and I have tried to use recycled, sustainable materials whenever possible. I dedicate this collection my daughter, Marina.

Price available on request.

LATTICE TABLE
Lattice table detail Lattice table

2007
30" x 37" x 37"
Alaskan yellow cedar, Epoxy resin

This piece was culmination of many overlapping interests for me - I'm always interested in the strength to weight ratio of a piece ( lighter is better ), always interested in the role that structure can play in the design, and in this case wanted to explore the possibilities of light transference.
The use of epoxy resin quickly migrated to the forefront of a series of experiments, and I love the way it has served all three criteria.

Price available on request.

PINE FOREST DESK
Pine forest desk detail Pine forest desk

1997~1998

32” x 63” x 20”

Traditional Japanese lacquer over wood
In collaboration with Yuji Kubo

In 1997 ~ 8 I went to Japan for six months in order to collaborate with the lacquer master, Mr. Yuji Kubo. This was the major piece from that time period. The form was inspired in part by the ink stones that are used by Japanese calligraphists, where a natural stone will have a polished depression where the ink is prepared. I like the notion of that material preparation acting as a cleansing process before setting brush to paper.
The pattern on the top is made partly by dropping pine needles into the wet lacquer. After numerous coat are applied, the needles are removed and the surface is flattened and polished.

Price available on request.

TEA CUP DESK
Tea cup desk Tea cup desk detail

1994

30” x 42”dia

Ash, Marble mosaic

This was made in1994, as an antithesis to the " power desk" that dominated the American business arena at the time. These were desks that were designed in hopes of intimidating a potential business associate. I had recently returned from six months in Kyoto, where there was the pleasant custom of offering tea to guests, whether they were there for business or pleasure - I wanted to give dimension to that contrasting experience.
The top in made of marble mosaic, the base is of laminated ash.

Price available on request.

Design by Atsushi Hanano