Amanda Levete & Win Assakul

  • sketch
  • Amanda & Win
  • sketch 2
  • Win & Steven Andrews
  • Designer Shot
  • Making Close up
  • Win Blowing
  • Amanda & Win 2
  • bowl with fruit
  • bowl on table
  • close up
  • Storage

Amanda Levete, the architect for the new extension at the V & A Museum, commissioned  a sculptural, extendible fruit bowl to run the length of her 4.8m table.  Amanda chose to work with Win Assakul after mentoring him during his placement year.

Win started the week with no woodworking skills. He was paired with one of our most senior master craftsman to guide and mentor him but after the first two days was working without assistance, thrilled to be making not just conceiving and designing.

Win designed the bowl to be made up of six 500mm long connecting pieces, slightly dished on one side and deeper on the other with a cabinet to store it when not in use.   American black walnut was selected for its fine texture.  The beautiful grain runs through all six pieces which are edged with fine brass detailing.

The shaping of the double sided indents required intensive hand shaping with scrapers made specifically for the purpose. Templates were produced for the cut-points, a lofting technique taken from boat building and sail makers.  The brass banding was made in our metal work shop with such fine tolerances requiring our craftsmen to work at a jewel like level.

The result is an exquisite piece that truly bears the hand of its maker.

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