“Life isn’t about maintaining the status quo, it’s about pushing the boundaries and staying curious.”
Alexander King Studios is a creative landscape where the natural order is challenged. This is achieved by pursuing state-of-the-art techniques, adapting old ones and keeping fluid with design concepts. Our objective is to inject as much artistic flare into the designs as possible, combining both beauty and function.
“I draw a lot of inspiration from the natural world. I love how evolution has already put in most of the hard work for me, creating complex shapes such as flowers, or snail’s shells, all so perfectly balanced and proportioned. The blue prints are all around us.”
‘Symmetrical geometry unfurling into organic chaos’, this is the best way I can describe our new project. ‘Lilly’ is a sculptural coffee table. Whilst having a practical function, the idea is that it mimics a lilly flower as accurately as possible.
The ability to act as both engineer and artist is compulsory for this project. Over the past 5 years, I have been meticulously planning; working out the best procedures to create the desired shapes and create the appearance of a truly organic piece. I had to find a way to form complicated double-compound curves, that continually morph into one another, to produce the appearance of fluidity.
‘Lilly’ uses a state-of-the-art technique that I first saw used by an artist 5 years ago, his work inspires me and has challenged my perception of what is achievable. This technique is an amalgamation of existing laminating techniques; in essence it works in the same way as traditional boat hulls are made, albeit on a refined scale. I have now discovered the advantages for using this method with my own work and the possibilities seem endless. The application of this technique drastically changes in accordance to its requirements. Working out these variations is incredibly exciting as it unlocks the next piece to the puzzle.
I predict a 6 month build time for this project and aim to have it completed for exhibition by March 2019.'
“Symmetrical geometry unfurling into organic chaos; this is the best way I can describe our new project. The ability to act as both an engineer, as well as an artist is compulsory.”
“Whilst modern, 3D drawing programs and CNC machining can help greatly, there is a danger that they can generate sterile and inorganic characteristics.”
At Alexander King Studios we strive to produce artistic furniture that can be enjoyed for both its sculptural beauty as well as its functional purpose, constantly experimenting with innovative techniques.
Opting to use traditional, computer-free techniques, we gain a better connection with the piece. Whilst modern, 3D drawing programs and CNC machining can help greatly, there is a danger that they can generate sterile and inorganic characteristics. I want to see my pieces alive and full of character. This can only be achieved with a hands on approach; through trial and error, and accidental discoveries.