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Stack was very late in the line of works for Design Innovation Play. It was one of those little margin sketches. I realised it was a follow on from Still. Same dimension timber sections and both use Jarrah. No magnets this time.

I started out by conceiving two rectangles, they could be benches or low tables or stacked for shelves. And then the complications set in.

I drew it up full size, then realised that a diagonal through the rectangles would make two sets. One in Jarrah and one in ebonized Jarrah, making eight triangular tables. Then you could mix and match the triangles to create a number of options with colour and shape.

Drawing a diagonal line on a sketch creating modular options meant that each part had to fit into every other part offering another challenge in woodworking terms. Intially, I considered doing the cutting on the bandsaw. But the cutting required more precise machining of the components than I had first envisaged.

Monaro Timbers did the joinery for me on this one. I did the glue up. It was good working with Shaun Hayward and Zane Robertson at Monaro. When we talked it through, I appreciated how quickly Shaun can work through possible approaches to the problem.

STACK offers a transformative modularity, as do many other of these recent works. I imagine these tables in a home offering whimsy and play.

Excerpt from conversations between David Mac Laren and Stan d’Argeavel.