This cabinet by PETER LOH is called “Timbuktu”, and the configuration is a representation of a part of this ancient city in Mali, Africa. Fascinated by the layout of this Saharan dessert city, he sought to construct a storage cabinet that replicated  the narrow winding streets. Composed out of anigre “streets” and  walnut and koa, “buildings” which open up to reveal storage spaces, the piece of furniture takes on a different meaning when you understand what influenced the design.  I think it is exceptional for a wall hung unit…as it brings both functionality and artistic dimension to the table.

According to Loh , his furnishings are “embodiments of small parts of himself.” For him the process is as important as the end product, which in all cases should intertwine, function, form, and concept. The table above,, called “Clutch” is supposed to represent the tiny yellow pods of ladybug eggs which cling to the underside of leaves in a garden. I love the lack of symmetry in the “egg forms” holding up the glass. Made from Douglas Fir,  the individual forms are subtly secured together, and are of varying sizes, which can change every time Loh makes the table.

This piece is called “Recluse” and the skinny legs of a spider inspired Loh after  he was bitten by a brown recluse spider on a hiking trip. The simplicity and narrowness of the curved legs are really exquisite. Loh mixes Bolivian rosewood, maple and quarter sawn zebra wood in this piece. The execution is outstanding and one might wonder just how those skinny legs manage to support the beautiful table top.

The “Arch” chairs are totally made by hand and are executed in a variety of woods…including purpleheart and jatoba as seen above… which reflect the colors of the sunrise and sunset in the American Southwest. The soft curves and arcs of the chairs are supposed to be reminiscent  of how the wind and the water sculpt the rock formations.

Beautiful stories and thoughts that lead to inspirations which are then transformed into unique designs…something to last forever.