Otago Polytechnic
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Kim Bates describes her design, which Otago Furniture brought to reality.

Le Cabinet was conceived through the need for beautiful storage space that could be utilised within the interiors of homes, cherished as a piece of art and used to enhance our lives. 

The protagonist is the door carving which reminds us just how much a weave can enrich an environment, conversing with different materials such as wood and brass. The doors open like a book whilst the pattern is machine carved on a Pacific Island hardwood creating an enticing, stimulating texture. While the design is still, the texture flows, creating an experience of movement.

The sensual quality lies within the carved surfaces that engage our instinctive impulse to feel something and reflect our hunger for more tactile surroundings in our everyday lives.

May 2020