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Prototype table leg

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.

This third prototype shows Neal’s attempts to finalise the shape of the leg. The paper pattern guide is still glued to the object. Neal designed the pattern using ‘Rhino’, a computer drawing programme, printed it out and glued it to the block of pine to guide the cuts of his saw.

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. Gareth Neal is a progressive and collaborative East London design and craft studio that harmoniously unites traditional and digital techniques to create uniquely crafted pieces. In 2021 the studio was an International Kogei Award Grand Prize Winner for their SiO2 Twisted Vessel.


Object details
Categories
Object type
Materials and techniques
Pine, cut with a bandsaw
Brief description
Prototype table leg; pine cut with a bandsaw, paper design stuck to surface; Gareth Neal, London, 2006
Physical description
Prototype table leg. A block of pine cut with a bandsaw forming horizontal planes. A paper design for the table leg is stuck to the surface of the block.

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].

Subject depicted
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.



This third prototype shows Neal’s attempts to finalise the shape of the leg. The paper pattern guide is still glued to the object. Neal designed the pattern using ‘Rhino’, a computer drawing programme, printed it out and glued it to the block of pine to guide the cuts of his saw.



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. Gareth Neal is a progressive and collaborative East London design and craft studio that harmoniously unites traditional and digital techniques to create uniquely crafted pieces. In 2021 the studio was an International Kogei Award Grand Prize Winner for their SiO2 Twisted Vessel.
Associated objects
Collection
Accession number
W.8-2016

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Record createdJanuary 25, 2016
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