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Table Leg

2006 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

These four prototype table legs (W.6-2016, W.7-2016, W.8-2016, W.9-2016) relate to another object in the V&A collection, the ‘George’ chest of drawers (W.14-2013), which was purchased through the Design Fund in 2013. As prototypes, they show a clear progression of thought by the maker, Gareth Neal. In his words, they demonstrate his ‘journey to George’. Made in 2006 using cheap timber, each prototype took about a day to make.

With this prototype, the last before he attempted to create a working prototype using a CNC machine, Neal experimented with the width of cut made between planes. Here he used a dimension saw to create a 3mm gap rather than the 5mm gap seen on the other pieces. This is probably the truest representation of the leg (in terms of shape and dimensions) from the piece of furniture Neal used to inspire the design of ‘Anne’.



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Materials and Techniques
Pine, cut with a dimension saw and chiselled
Brief Description
Prototype table leg; pine cut with a dimension saw; Gareth Neal, London, 2006
Physical Description
Prototype table leg. Pine cut with a dimension saw to form horizontal planes, most of which have been deliberately chiselled off close to their roots.

Production typePrototype
Credit line
Given by Gareth Neal
Object history
Handmade by Gareth Neal in 2006. Neal gave these pieces (W.6-2016, W.7-2016, W.8-2016 and W.9-2016) to the V&A in 2016 [2016/55].

Summary
These four prototype table legs (W.6-2016, W.7-2016, W.8-2016, W.9-2016) relate to another object in the V&A collection, the ‘George’ chest of drawers (W.14-2013), which was purchased through the Design Fund in 2013. As prototypes, they show a clear progression of thought by the maker, Gareth Neal. In his words, they demonstrate his ‘journey to George’. Made in 2006 using cheap timber, each prototype took about a day to make.



With this prototype, the last before he attempted to create a working prototype using a CNC machine, Neal experimented with the width of cut made between planes. Here he used a dimension saw to create a 3mm gap rather than the 5mm gap seen on the other pieces. This is probably the truest representation of the leg (in terms of shape and dimensions) from the piece of furniture Neal used to inspire the design of ‘Anne’.



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Accession Number
W.9-2016

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record createdJanuary 25, 2016
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