I first met Giselle at an exhibition in London. She was looking for someone who could make two tall lamp tables to support two large lamps that she had become attached to. They were to go in the living room of her large Holland Park apartment. The base of the lamps were handmade beaten metal in large delicate hollow shapes with big lampshades above them.
We talked about what she wanted and I went away and did some watercolour drawings. The idea I had was one of pouring water, evocative of the original use of these large metal vessels. When you pour water from the lip of a jug it falls in a steady stream and then breaks up. it was this breaking up, and movement I wanted to convey on but one of the Four legs of each of these tall tables.
The legs of the table are made in its solid ebony and the surfaces in figured sycamore and pearwood. We then “planished” the surface, decorating in the same way that the beaten metal of the vessels had being treated. This created a dimpled surface that catches the light.
WHEN I HAD FINISHED AND DELIVERED THE TWO LAMP TABLES I HAD NOT SEEN TWO SMALL TABLES PROFOUNDLY AFFECT A LARGE ROOM QUITE SO MUCH EVER BEFORE IN MY LIFE.
“The Girls”, as they became called, travel backwards and forwards across the Atlantic and have been damaged by inconsiderate and careless packers, but we have repaired them twice now and returned them in good order to the family.