Tabletop Xmas Trees

by Studio for Metropolitan Craft

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Artist Statement

I am excited to partner with 20x200 on this project. I love the "art for all" message, and agree that good design and art doesn't have to be too expensive! I like to design something that's sophisticated, yet simple to put together. That's often my challenge, because I really like to capture small details, and delicate elements. 


I wanted to design a Xmas tree in a structural style with flowing lines like a doodle of a tree. Everything is flat-packed à la IKEA style, with simple and fun instructions. The process of making something is enjoyable, makes you more intimate with the object. These trees can be a blank canvas for people to personalize. They can be combined with other objects, painted, decorated, or left pure and simple. The repeating curves create a lot of beautiful intersections and shadows.

Why We Love It

This set of two Tabletop Xmas Trees is a dream for the minimalist-minded juggling a desire to celebrate some seasonal adornment without going gaudy. More of a maximalist? Consider these a blank canvas and break out your glitter glue, gilt, paint, or whatever else you’re in the mood to ornament with. Send a set to your cousin with the artsy instincts. Give your kids carte blanche to decorate them. Bless your chic best friend with some sophisticated holiday spirit. Srinivasan’s approach here is all about balance, amounting to a refined feel with simple assembly, structural elements with flowing, free-drawn lines, specialness with versatility. Putting them together is part of the fun, and those repeating curves and points create awesome intersections and visually pleasing shadow play ... Read more on the blog!

Details

+ Sold as a set of two: one small tree and one large tree.
+ Large measures approximately 11” high x 7” wide. Small measures approximately 7” high x 4” wide. 
+ Made of birch plywood, laser cut in San Francisco.
+ Ships flat with simple, fun assembly instructions. Can easily be disassembled and stored without taking up much space, until you’re ready to show them off again.
+These trees are a blank canvas! Leave them for a minimal look, or personalize them as you please with paint or other decorations.
+ All orders for this item  are final sale and not eligible for discount or return.

Medium:

⅛” thick laser cut birch plywood

Studio for Metropolitan Craft

Architect-turned-artist Laurence Srinivasan (b.1970) studied at the Rhode Island School of Design, and the ETH-Zurich. He has worked in architecture firms in the US, Switzerland, and Germany, helping design the WWII Memorial winning competition entry with Friedrich St. Florian, and working with Rafael Vinoly Architects in New York city. After working many years in Architecture firms, I wanted to work with my hands building things, and became a professional model maker! I've always loved woodworking and making models since I was a kid. These days, a model maker is a very hi-tech fabricator, using sophisticated rapid prototyping tools such as... Read More
lasercutting, 3D printing, CNC milling.  I decided to start my own business in 2010, making my first product: a lasercut wood model kit of Sutro Tower in San Francisco. Since then, the model series has expanded to over 10 kits, selling in Museum Stores and online. My studio always has about 5 different projects going on!—from furniture design, architecture competitions, to commissioned pieces, and other collaborations. I'm fortunate to be part of a makerspace, and an art gallery in San Francisco, where there's a strong community of makers.
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