In the past axes where considered everyday objects, people used axes to cut wood for fires and wood burning stoves. Nowadays the axe is not so common. An item that is common in almost every persons life now, is the coffee table. Coffee tables are the work horses of the home. They are used everyday for number of purposes.
The Axe Table derives its form from the idea of origin and simplicity. Like the axe this table can be assembled and disassembled with out tools, glue or screws, making moving the axe table from one home to a new home an incredibly simple task. When disassembled the table can be flat-packed
Chiselled from lime stone, this axe head evokes thoughts of its origin. Its hand carved appearance allows you to consider who made it and why? Specific characteristics about the axe that I wanted to work from were: it is an everyday object (in its time), has replaceable parts, evokes a sense of origin and construction, and can be assembled without tools.
Wooden dinosaur puzzles of the 80’s, can be assembled and disassembled with no glue or screws, and be packed flat. When assembled, they are quite stable and structurally sound. Being created from multiple 2 dimensional wood cut outs, they are hard to look at and not consider the builder and the process.
While exploring concepts, focus went from bringing attention to joints and spotlighting them, to moving the attention to the assembly. Focus then moved to sketches that could be put together and taken apart by the user without tools. The use of a mountain print was considered for the slats on the base, but I discarded this idea because prints lend them selves to trends, which is something that I want to avoid. Like an Axe, I want this table to be of a timeless quality.