Submitted by: ROSS WILLIAMSON
A statement piece Couloir ( kul - wa ) is meant as an entrance adornment & a piece of functional art.
The Whole Story
Couloir was developed to lift your eye from the deepest ravine, as you walk through the door with the weight of the work day on your shoulders your eye catches its shapely legs and lifts the weight from your back, takes it on its own shoulders. It's contrasting materials remind us that at times we need another to hold us up.
Reclaimed red Ironbark creates the main body, while sustainably managed Tasmanian Oak provides the contrasting highlights. The Ironbark has done it tough, a life covered in tar as a fence at one of Australia's oldest horse studs, the Tasmanian Oak has been raised with one directive, simply grow. Two lifetimes at odds with one another brought together in harmony. Not only brought together but completely dependant on the other, the Ironbark doesn't stand without the Tasmanian Oak, nor the Tasmanian Oak without the Ironbark.
Similarly two ideas of joinery make the piece whole, its unorthodox mitred & splined legs provide a juxtaposition of its classically joined display case. A symbol of two opposing ideals working together to create a balanced whole.