H.D. Buttercup countertop

SOMA San Francisco 2010

The mission of this project was to fabricate and install two  half circle countertops. These pieces needed to complete the grounding affect initiated by the use of a perfect circle cashier station.  When it came to machining and finishing the shape and size of the piece created ample challenges: how would I create a perfect circle at this scale? how many segments would have to be made? how would a hyper glossy finished be achieved? Can I pull this off in time?

 Fortunately, I was able to build it off-site in a large space. This gave me the opportunity to consider being absolutely precise in profiling these massive circles. A large compass was built to route the two perfect circles that define the inside and outside edge. I made one module, that acted as the 'origin' in which all the other pieces would refer to. The origin was used as a template for the two other modules. Since it was a perfect circle symmetry drove the fabrication strategy. By making three modules I had all of the templates needed to make all ten necessary to make both contertops.

Four coats of primer, two coats of sealer primer, two coats of automotive color, and four coats of glossy conversion varnish later and we have our pieces.  imperfections in a surface are visually amplified by gloss--keeping the tops as smooth as possible throughout the layers became increasingly essential with each additional coat of primer, paint and varnish. 

These pieces do ground the space--their smooth, clean surfaces have a lightness that attracts the eye with their pure color and reflective finish.

SOMA San Francisco November 2010

SOMA San Francisco November 2010

The mission of this project was to fabricate and install two half circle countertops. These pieces needed to complete the grounding affect initiated by the use of a perfect circle cashier station. When it came to machining and finishing the shape and size of the piece created ample challenges: how would I create a perfect circle at this scale? how many segments would have to be made? how would a hyper glossy finished be achieved? Can I pull this off in time?

Fortunately, I was able to build it off-site in a large space. This gave me the opportunity to consider being absolutely precise in profiling these massive circles. A large compass was built to route the two perfect circles that define the inside and outside edge. I made one module, that acted as the 'origin' in which all the other pieces would refer to. The origin was used as a template for the two other modules. Since it was a perfect circle symmetry drove the fabrication strategy. By making three modules I had all of the templates needed to make all ten necessary to make both contertops.

Four coats of primer, two coats of sealer primer, two coats of automotive color, and four coats of glossy conversion varnish later and we have our pieces. imperfections in a surface are visually amplified by gloss--keeping the tops as smooth as possible throughout the layers became increasingly essential with each additional coat of primer, paint and varnish.

These pieces do ground the space--their smooth, clean surfaces have a lightness that attracts the eye with their pure color and reflective finish.

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