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Ikebana Cabinet

Ikebana Cabinet

Made over a two-year period the Ikebana Cabinet is an exceptional piece of craft and design.

 “Awakening of a Dream” is a 360 degree viewing cabinet, the piece can be viewed from all angles. The cabinet is both sculptural and functional when opened it presents an Ikebana arrangement.

The Japanese design principle Kukan/Supesu ‘space is not empty’ is central to the Ikebana Cabinet. Negative space in the piece is expressed through the diamond cavity that is formed when all the doors are closed, creating a window into another world. This design element is also practical as it is the starting point to open the cabinet.

The cabinet, like origami, involves the viewer into the piece folding and unfolding sections to create different sculptural presentations. It changes back and forth from symmetrical / asymmetrical display orientations the further the cabinet opens up. Different display positions are held in place by rare earth magnets built into the doors.

There is a chamber hidden in the piece that holds a letter from the maker. The letter is entombed in the piece and will only be accessed when the piece comes to the end of its life cycle.

The timber contrast colour scheme was inspired by Japanese interiors. Over time the outside will become lighter due to exposure to light but the inside will change little.

Solid Timbers
Wenge, Hard Rock Maple, American Beech, Paduke, Jarra, Tasmanian Oak, Red Gum and Pine.

Veneers
Quarter cut Wenge and Fiddle Back Maple

Substrates
Birch plywood

Hardware
Earth magnets, Japanese good luck coins, brass butt hinges, brass Soss hinges, lacquered pine beads, lacquered rolled paper beads from Africa and red cord.

Finished with Organ Danish Oil and Organ Wax. 

Read more about the cabinet here

Photography: Kat Tramoy

Dimensions: 
86w x 66d x 162h cm

Timber and veneers are natural products, and a range of colour variations within each species is to be expected.

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