Peter Harrison just launched a new beautiful piece of modern design, a Lithium Table. The Lithium Table is 29 ½ inches tall and 48 inches in diameter. It visually creates three layers, transitioning from mass to air with a core of concrete, a middle ring of stainless steel rods, and a perimeter created by the glass.
The cast concrete column exudes strength and balances the slickness of the other materials. It is cast with round holes to lighten its mass and complement the airy structure of the stainless steel rods. The mahogany glass support is complemented by the aluminum base of the same diameter; both joined together with Harrison’s signature steel rods and exposed fasteners. The effect is modern without being devoid of details.
Peter Harrison has been designing and producing art since 1996. His work has journeyed from one-of-a-kind furniture, to sculpture, to his present line of handmade limited production furniture made with a precision not normally found in pieces of this type.
Maintaining his imaginative use of wood, metal, glass, and concrete, Harrison has created an engaging piece that compels the observer to want to take a closer look. Once they do, they see Harrison’s meticulous craftsmanship and precision custom fittings in an exceptional meshing of materials and form.
In 2007 he participated in the prestigious International Turning Exchange residency sponsored by the Center for Art in Wood in Philadelphia. He was awarded a NYFA (New York Foundation of the Arts) grant in 2001. In 2008, he completed a new studio just outside of Saratoga Springs NY. In 2009 he received an award of excellence from the American Craft Council.
Early on, and for largely practical reasons, Harrison set out to design some pieces that didn’t have glued joints. But the new pieces, he says, “morphed into a look and a language that I like more than the work I was making before.” Harrison’s vocabulary expanded to include case concrete, stainless steel, aluminum, marine cable and various off-the-shelf and custom fasteners. In addition to speeding up the building process, Harrison says, “the interaction of different materials can make each element visually stronger.”
Harrison keeps it basic with each material- using wood, concrete, and metal in elemental geometric shapes and their natural colors. The joints in most of his pieces consist of bolts and threaded inserts. Asked whether the curved stainless steel rods and marine cable serve a structural purpose, Harrison says, “Not much of one, but in my work the visual function is as important as the actual function. I try not to have any element there just because it is functional. Every element should be a harmonious part of the piece whether it’s serving to support it or just to visually fulfill it.” For more information Peter Harrison and his designs, go to www.peterharrison.com.
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