The main inspiration for Samuel Wilkinsons Hoof table derives from the feet which are sharpened at the ends producing a striking yet functional detail.
The word hoof originates from the protective part of the feet of ungulate animals. In contrast to most tables, the leg ends of Hoof are left in natural wood to avoid the paint from chipping off from being either kicked or knocked when cleaning.
The foot detail is created by reversing the usual manufacturing process. Most furniture that have a painted section and a natural part are initially assembled, then masked off, and painted. Hoof stands out by being painted first and then trimmed back to reveal the natural grain. The table has emerged from continuous exploration and development of production techniques to create a fresh aesthetic. Another detail that stands out when you experience the table is the soft rolled edge. The fine edge is created from the soft chamfer being on the top and bottom. This also gives the tables a tactile feel and clearly shows that the tables are made from solid wood.
Much of Wilkinsons design carry references to nature and the beautiful, unimaginable creations found in the scenery.
A graduate from Ravensboure College of Art & Design, the London-based de- signer created design consultancy projects for British Airways, Audi, LG, Samsung and Virgin Airways before moving onto furniture and industrial design. Boasting pieces in permanent collections at MoMA, the Cooper-Hewitt and the Victoria & Albert Museum.
Wilkinson is on a quest to add a fresh dynamic approach to either form or function. For “Blown”, he researched glass from lighthouses to mirrored bottles and found inspiration from raspberries, which translated into the quilted tex- ture of the glass.
Blown is a mouth-blown pendant lamp with a quilted pattern. The texture is rendered using a 3D CAD to model the structure of the metal mould used to imprint the diamond shapes onto the glass. Once shaped in a mould, the glass is inflated by mouth-blowing.“It’s an exquisite example of bridging craftsman- ship with digital technology,” adds Martin Kornbek Hansen.” An approach we value at &tradition.The result is an exploration of reflections, distortions and refractions of light which is nothing less than amazing.”
The Hoof Lounge Tables represent a creative process conceived in reverse. The idea started with the feet, which are sharpened at the ends akin to a horse’s hoof being trimmed before it is shod. The result is a striking visual
d e t a i l . T h e p r o d u c t i o n p r o c e s s w a s a l s o a c h i e v e d i n r e v e r s e . “ W i t h “ H o o f ”, t h e tables are painted first and then trimmed back to reveal the natural grain
of wood,” explains Martin Kornbek Hansen. “A process of re-thinking how we design and manufacture products, which is close to our hearts at &tradition.”