CHAIN SIDE TABLE
by BETHAN LAURA WOOD
This piece was produced exclusively for the Spirit of Resurgence exhibition during Venice Glass Week 2020. This and the other creations pesented are prototypes and are sold as such with the added value of being one off pieces.
Chain makes the first conversations between Venetian glass producers Wonderglass and Bethan Laura Wood in cast glass.Using existing rectangular ‘donut brick’ moulds, Bethan Interloops, interlocks and stacks these forms together to create furniture that connects with the architectural possibilities of glass.
In these pieces yellow and clear glass are combined together, using the subtleties of tones that build up through the layering of coloured glass to give a vibrating but delicate palate.
The interlocking or CHAIN construction is made using multiple donut bricks, cut into two parts and threaded through the centre of another to build up the form. The curved and polished end details of the cut brick are a nod towards the painted ends found in many Japanese wooden temples. In this period of time when most travel is on pause Bethan took this opportunity to reflect on her adventures over the last two years in Asia, and use the interlocking glass components to reference the amazing joinery she photographed.
BETHAN LAURA WOOD
Bethan Laura Wood has run as multidisciplinary studio since 2009 characterised by materials investigation, artisan collaboration and a passion for colour and detail. Residencies and location-based projects have become an important factor in her design process, often working in response to her location, in collaboration with local manufacturers, or reflecting back into her work the visual and material culture particular to that area. Bethan's work has been exhibited in institutions including: the Victoria and Albert Museum of Childhood; Swiss Institute New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, The Design Museum London and more.