Twisted Cabinet by Heatherwick Studio
The simple elegance of this piece defies its extraordinary complexity of construction which has given us one of our greatest technological challenges yet.
The design concept came about when, as a student, Thomas Heatherwick spent time experimentally carving wood on a bobbin sander. Using the rigorous geometry of straight lines, this tool is able to create forms with twisted surfaces.
Four of these twisted pieces were combined, forming intriguing doors: when they are opened halfway, the bottoms of the doors look as if they are nearly open, while the tops still look almost closed.
Heatherwick made the first and original oak cabinet by hand, and the complex piece is now produced and marketed by Benchmark Furniture.
The Twisted Cabinet is offered in oiled oak.