While away at University, our daughter 
sent us a photograph of herself twirling 
in a new dress.

I was intrigued by the shape defined by the hem of her skirt and by the sense of movement. Could I make something of it?

I can’t remember how long it took me to come up with the idea of making it the underframe for a coffee table. Finding the right proportions and the right curvature for the legs took several days in the workshop, drawing it and redrawing it full size.
                                        Once the shape was settled the real head scratching began: how                 
                                                to make it? Could I laminate it? Steam bend it? In the end I 
                                                    opted for coopering - the technique used for making 
                                                      barrels. Each leg is made of ten sections with their edges 
                                                planed to an angle of 7.5° and joined together. 6 legs was too 
                                                many and 4 too few: too symmetrical. 5 legs seemed to   
                                              capture some of the sense of movement I started from.
Twirl - Coffee Table
 Stained French Oak, Glass
100cm x 35cm
Armando Magnino  
Fine Furniture, Beautifully Made  .
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