My Passion, as a custom modern furniture designer/maker, is combining art and function.
My two loves are the juxtaposition of complementary and contrasting elements, and collaborating with other artists.
The skills and insights I have gained from training in sculpture and furniture making, in a ddition to my continuing study of modern art, design and furniture provide the foundation of my work.
I employ a multi-dimensional layering of ideas and a diverse material palette. Included are natural and man-made, traditional (metal, stone, glass, wood, plastic, etc.) and new,found objects and a substantial catalog of sustainable (green) products to create my unique, heirloom-quality furniture. I delight in mixing it up!
I value and invite collaboration between artists. I believe it enhances and exapnds the design process to produce new ideas, open new doors and keep the design process sharp and fresh. Two heads ARE better than one!
To develop new designs, I use a subtractive process. All ideas (the good, the bad and the ugly) for a new design are "put onto the table" and open for discussion. By eliminating the unusable ones, the design is refined and brought into focus.
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‘reBar’, for example, was
fabricated using traditional methods and a CNC router (zig zag doors).
The exterior is
Vitricor, a back-painted, gold colored acrylic plastic with a frost design.
The legs and
pediment are salvaged rebar and crowned with a roughcast steel ball ( found by Parker himself) finished with metallic powder-coat.