Recent RISD MFA Graduate Andrew Kopp's organic-Art Deco hybrid furniture pieces are really quite stunning. Here, we pick three of our favorite pieces from Kopp.
Some pieces, like the "Cantilever Coffee Table," are so perfectly simple. There is something both industrial and sensual about the table, with an auto parts-stamped metal silhouette reminiscent of a decolletage. The groove where metal meets wood is an exquisite detail, revealing the effortless construction of the table but also highlighting the contrast between the two materials.
Kopp's "Waterjet Table" expertly combines wood and metal, but here the metal parts are attached in a much more rugged way. The triptych feather-shaped cut-outs in the leg brackets make the table feel rather airy, reinforcing the negative space in the propeller-shaped table underlay. However, the composition is not entirely pleasing to the eye, with a few too many conflicting shapes and details to take in all at once.
The "Dark Blue Table" is an entirely different beast, with more of a focus on the organic. The tripod legs suggest talons or horse legs and the patterning of colors is alive and yet artificially finished, like the designs of the Vorticist movement. This piece is removed from the majority of Kopp's portfolio and we would love to see some more explorations in this direction in addition to a future of fantastic furniture construction along the lines of his current design statement.
Dave Seliger is a Postgrad Fellow in Logistics and Ext Affairs at the NYC Office of Emergency Management. He has extensive experience helping firefighters, police officers, and disaster responders improve their services through design.