The client liked "Shuffle." Shuffle wouldn't work in this application due to the function needed by the client and tight space limitations imposed by two doors and a staircase. It needed to hold it's own in a house with a lot of one-of-a-kind artisanal pieces. What better way to stand up for yourself than a cabinet made from a big chunck of walnut?
Dr. Deskenstein is named that due to the number of walnut "stitches," or splines, it took to hold it together. So I designed a steel base made from 2' x 2" angle steel so if it came to life and started to walk it would have that heavy clunking sound the monster had in the movie. I wanted the village folk to scream if they saw it walking down the street.
Shuffle started as a cabinet with doors. I found I didn't like hiding the most dynamic part that the shelves provide. That was the piece initiated the design in the first place. It's the first component in what I hoped would be an office suite of furiture based on "an earthquake in wine country." It didn't come to pass but I still enjoy this piece as much as anything I've done.
This piece was the last piece the designer placed in the livingroom. The owner wanted a new TV and a unique piece of furniture that would hide components and wires.
The designer wanted the piece to reference the mid-century modern architecture and furnishings while still making a strong statement of it's own.
Since the development of LCD and Plasma televisions I've produced a nmber of solutions to replace the deep cabinet and still hide the bulkier component of a sound system. This exploration has led me to more sculptural furniture forms as well as a more dynamic use of materials.