Black, white, and wood. It's where we started. By committing to only these three elements, it kept us from getting caught up staring at all the pretty colors at the art supply store. We needed to create, produce and figure out what designs worked, what didn’t. We needed to figure out our voice.
Choosing this constraint allowed us to explore ways to create visual interest with the natural tones and textures of the wood we hand selected. We would go from super symmetrical, golden ratio wall hangings to building tables that experimented with asymmetry, off angles, and unexpected intersections. We used grain patterns to create motion; machine and tool marks were stacked, interwoven, or offset to create little details that you might not notice were done deliberately until you’ve stared at it for a bit.
Sometimes visual interest means tons of intricate cuts, at sharp and varied angles. Other times we challenge ourselves to come up with something visually striking, but compositionally “simple”. KB did the “Cages” piece, BLKWHT No 031, and that solid black panel set off an inspiration to do some minimalist composition pieces. Those influenced the design on some recent BLKWHT Flat Files. That’s a great example of how the art side of what we do in the studio informs the furniture and vice versa.
We started with Black, White and Wood. The BLKWHT Collection is an evolving expression of that root. Our favorite lens. A go to paint brush. Our favorite kick drum.