The Helix table is architecturally different from most tables, and it can be used in multiple ways. The top is glass. The base mimics a bit of DNA architecture. It uses straight components, "sticks", joined in such a way to as to appear as sinuous curves.
The base is actually two identical, independent components that abut in the middle. The components can be separated into “end tables”; or, they can be turned on their side to give an entirely different look; or, they can be stacked to yield interesting sculptural forms.
This table is clearly an attempt to honor the work of Marc Chagall. It is also designed and built as an expression of my own ethnic identity.
The table features four different marquetry panels inspired by the dream-like images of Chagall. The piece has a parallelogram shape: The top is parallel to the ground; the sides meet at 80 deg. and 100 deg. instead of 90 deg. The shape produces a bit of uncertainty, a feeling that something is not quite right. These architectural qualities are intended to complement or, perhaps, amplify the surrealistic quality of the Chagall imagery.
I love making music stands because they have moving parts: the height and the angle of the tray are adjustable. And, in spite of its simplicity, a music stand affords many design opportunities in the base, in the tray, and in the adjustment mechanisms. This particular stand has graceful bent legs, a Kumiko tray, and wooden adjustment mechanisms accented with rosewood.