This monumental sculpture is the largest work in Samuel’s Formal Meditations collection. The large white pine retains much of its natural form. Samuels has left splintered moments in the wood to remain, while carving curves and smooth edges that accentuate the grain in the wood, echoing the natural processes of erosion and weathering.
Allison Samuels’ practice and the featured works chart a map through her cognitive process, emerging as a utopian vision of a sustainable future. The show is a new feat for Samuels, as she moves away from functional objects, specifically cabinetry, furniture and utensils, to sculptural objects. The featured works and the customized displays on which the pieces are shown offer a glimpse into her “3D thoughts”. Inspired by her travels and the natural materials she finds along the way, Samuel’s prioritises the Earth itself in her design practice; functionality in conversation with found natural forms. Following suit, these sculptural works are lead by their material origins, and shaped by their inherent natural properties.
Allison Samuels (b. 1990) is the founder of Two Tree Studios, an environmentally conscious design practice and woodworking studio based in Brooklyn, NY. Through an upbringing surrounded by forests, rivers and mountains, Samuels cultivated an early appreciation for the natural world. As such, her work emphasizes, and is dictated in part by, the unique properties she observes within raw material itself.
24.75 × 11.5 × 5 inches