Samuel Wilkinson for & Tradition: Hoof TablesPosted: February 10, 2012
Wilkinson’s Hoof Tables, named after the hoof trimming process of the horse, bear an undeniable resemblance to a knife-sharpened pencil, the first tool of a designer or artist. In a three-legged stool type construction, these tables are sturdy yet demonstrate the illusion of graceful elegance with legs that appear to be effortlessly balancing in a ballerina’s relevé. In a well blended orchestration between modernly refined aesthetics and conceptual storytelling, Wilkinson’s new designs find a perfectly pleasing balance.
From Wilkinson: The main inspiration for the Hoof tables starts from the foot detail. I have always loved the painted wooden chairs that have the end of the legs left as natural wood so that the paint doesn’t chip off if kicked or knocked. The leg ends of the table are sharpened at the foot – like a horse’s hoof is trimmed before it is shod. This detail has derived from continuous exploration and development of production techniques. The fine edge of the tables 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. The foot detail is created by reversing the usual production process; most furniture details, which have a painted section and a natural part, are assembled, masked off, and then painted. Hoof is painted first, then cut back to produce the unique detail.