Ellen Cabinet

February 16, 2013

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Ellen was looking for a small slender cabinet for her Upper West Side apartment.  The contemporary space left me searching for complimentary materials.  Then this reclaimed cedar caught my attention.

Like the material utilized in some of my past projects, the first life of these yellow cedar boards was spent overhead as the staves of one of NYC’s iconic rooftop water resevoirs.  Unlike previous projects, the inside face of the staves are featured here.  While the exterior of the water tanks is worn grey by the sun and wind, the pieces featured in the doors of the Ellen Cabinet show how the years of direct contact with water give the resilient wood a snake skin like texture.  Framed by a clean black case and finished with hand-cast brass knobs, this unique checked and scaled surface is ready for it’s return to the outside world.