Prior to designing the desk, I dismantled the
wardrobes to determine what materials I would have at my disposal.
The design process involved incorporating the required dimensions,
number of drawers and layout requirements of the client with the
challenge of piecing together random amounts and sizes of timber
in the hope that they would be suitable for their intended purpose.
Grandpa's Desk is a contemporary piece whose aesthetic
is determined primarily by the materials salvaged from the wardrobes.
The desk top (reclaimed Jarrah) and drawer fronts (local Blackwood)
are the only additional materials used and were chosen to be relatively
neutral so as not to detract from the wardrobe timbers. Whilst dismantling
the wardrobes all screws, nails and fittings were kept. Some of
these were cast into resin blocks and used for drawer handles, both
as a reminder of the original wardrobes and also as a source of
memories of the client's grandfather every time a drawer is opened.