Furniture Collection by Carol Egan
Updated: Jan 28, 2020
As a designer, Carol Egan is interested in digital technology. She is fascinated by the process of creating complex geometries using 3-D printer software to make prototypes. This technology allows her to review and refine the design at each step of the process. But what really excites her is when she combines this modern technology with traditional wood carving. "It’s in the hands of a refined craftsman, that each piece is truly made unique" says Egan.
The shelves, stools and tables of her furniture collection are carved from thick slabs of walnut, oak, and mahogany. The goal is to reveal the wood’s grain structure as it passes, first along a straight, rectilinear surface, and then through a radical 180 or 90 degree twist. To better see the continuous grain pattern, thick, heavy planks are used, minimizing the need for disruptive glue joints.
Admiring these remarkable sculptural pieces, the viewer is amazed by what appears to be impossible, twisted, contortion of a wooden plank. These forms are not achieved by some miraculous bending technique but by the ancient art of wood carving.