Summer ‘99 Shell Desk
Jere Osgood, American, Summer ‘99 Shell Desk, 1999, Bubinga, wenge, satinwood, brass and water-buffalo calfskin; 111.8 x 83.8 x 109.2 cm (44 x 33 x 43 inches), Helen M. Danforth Acquisition Fund 1999.30
Osgood’s elegantly curved Summer ’99 Shell Desk is a masterpiece of the Studio Furniture movement, which developed in the 1970s and emphasized one-of-a-kind creations. Studio furniture makers embrace conceptual expression, experimentation with craft, and a studied approach to the visual language of furniture. Osgood’s Shell Desk series showcases two of the artist’s signature techniques: bent-stave and tapered lamination. Believing that a craftsperson should not purposely waste wood, Osgood invented an alternative to the traditional method of creating curves by carving wood away from a block of stacked lamination. Instead, these curves are created by bending and gluing thin layers of wood.