the landscape painter’s chest

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A dovetailed chest in oak and recylced mahogany for the Pembrokeshire landscape painter, John Knapp-Fisher.  This piece was commissioned by John to sit in his room under a painting that is hugely significant to me.JKF headland 19721_600Some years ago, when I was first training as a furniture maker I saw this print on a friend’s wall; a simple, strong, and serene painting of a dark headland on the horizon of a grey-green sea.  I want my furniture to look like that – I thought.  Which seemed strange, because there was nothing furniture-like about the image, but it had some quality that I wanted for my own work.  When I saw it I didn’t know John and I hadn’t been to Pembrokeshire since I was a child, but now I know both and this cabinet is sitting under the original of that very painting, Headland 1972.  What an extraordinary coincidence, and what a pleasure it was to make it for John and tell him that story.

Before I settled on this design I went through all sorts of ideas that referenced John’s work, echoed that landscape and so on, but in the end it seemd to me that the last thing he needed was someone else’s interpretaion of the Pembrokeshire coast in his room, so I made this piece – to hold his files, have a drawer and a pull-out shelf that he wanted – and tried to make it simple, strong and serene.

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