A pair of beautiful trees in Los Angeles found themselves facing an impending doom in a Los Angeles construction zone.
I slabbed the fallen trees (Canary Island Pine, Red River Gum) and began working the pieces by hand, bringing out the raw, natural beauty of the wood. Contemplating the signature design of the legs, I was inspired on a shoot at The Sheats Goldstein Residence designed by John Lautner. His use of isosceles triangles resonated with me. Shortly thereafter, my recent spiritual connection with navaho ceremony brought about the Brent Alex signature steel base.
The hand-crafted steel legs evoke a sense of quiet strength, while the negative volume and sleek, angular lines provide optimal weight balance for the wood slab with minimal use of material. Each leg is meticulously placed and inspected for balance. The under-mount of each leg consists of three countersunk, threaded tumblers, each mount receiving a brass allen bolt. The removable steel legs have been designed with the intention to make production, transportation and installation of such a large, heavy item very easy to accomplish within a small footprint.
Fabrication in collaboration with award-winning steel artist Jeffrey Thatcher, 2012 Southern California Residential Metal Award recipient [Dan Monti, architect], makes this collection an instant original classic.