It's Really About Nothing


“Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.” —  Lao Tzu

Beautiful oak coffee table 

Beautiful oak coffee table 

There is a concept called Negative Space. But rest assured there's nothing negative about it in the sense of bad. In art, it's the space around and between the subject(s) of an image. Usually the spectator doesn't notice it but sometimes it's used to artistic effect as an artistically relevant shape and the use of negative space can be the key element of artistic composition. For instance, the artist Noma Bar uses negative space intensely to create intriguing optical illusions. It is the central technique to his art, but even just the awareness and understanding of the concept of negative space will give an artist a greater feel for compositional balance. This is translatable into many different artistic endeavors, for instance it is used in garden design and called Ma, the Japanese word for the concept.

What does all this have to do with our Robin Wade Furniture? Our creative inspiration comes from the unique shapes and colors of each log; the slabs we obtain are all different due to each tree's individual life experiences which literally shaped it. As Robin points out, "It's about  the beauty in this wood that we cherish.  Some of it is in the natural edges of the tree.  Some is in the natural coloration of the wood.  But it seems that in many of the particularly special pieces, the wonder is in the crack, hole. . . the nothingness. This also seems to be where my best work, ideas flow from."

Robin takes that wonder and uses it to inform his creative choices which result in extraordinary pieces. For the lucky owner they will not only serve a solid physical use but will also feed the soul.