Peter Marigold Cleft series announced by Sarah Myerscough Gallery

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Sarah Myerscough Gallery has announced the launch of the Cleft series by Peter Marigold and Tadanori Tozawa of Hinoki Kogei.

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This series of six cleft cabinets has come out of a continued relationship between British designer Peter Marigold and Tadanori Tozawa from the renowned Japanese company Hinoki Kogei, Japan. The distinct character of each cabinet has been achieved by using single pieces of Japanese woods, cleft for each cabinet, resulting in a highly textured surface, reflected on each door.

Peter Marigold said: “I have long had a preoccupation with bi-symmetry. The notion of splitting one thing into two is, I find quite strange. A destructive moment creates; a cell divides. I have experimented with this idea through various projects, including my Split Box Shelves in which a single log is randomly split to create an irregular yet perfectly complete shaped box, and later in the Palindrome series in which rough moulds and casts are joined together to form reflected bi-symmetrical pieces of furniture.

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During the development stage of the first project I worked on with Hinoki Kogei, the Dodai benches, Mr Chuzo Tozawa proposed that we could use gigantic logs split into two to form the sides of the benches, and we have continued to use this process for these new cabinets, giving a frontal focus to this dramatic cleaving action. A further curious effect of bi-symmetrical objects is that they invariably hold animal or human like characteristics, our brains are hard wired to find faces, torsos, eyes and I enjoy this ambiguity when looking at forms created using just vegetable material.

The wood chosen for each cabinet is selected carefully according to how it will split and how it will work in relation to the overall dimensions of the cabinet. The effect, we hope is similar to looking into a forest, and then perhaps the trees looking back.”

Born in London 1974, Marigold followed a path from sculpture at Central Saint Martins into theatrical and event scenography where he gained a broad range of making skills. In 2005 he joined the M.A. Design Products (Platform Ten) course at the RCA under Ron Arad and since then have concentrated almost solely on furniture. He was awarded an Esmee Fairbairn bursary following his graduate exhibition at the Design Museum, London and his show with the British Council as one of the ‘Great Brits’ at the Milan Furniture Fair 2007 was followed by an invitation to create an entire installation for Paul Smith in Milan and then further work with Paul Smith in London. Working with both galleries and manufacturers, Marigold’s work continues to be exhibited in both the UK and abroad including the Milan Furniture fair, Design Miami, Stavanger 2008 (Norway), and MoMA New York.

Tadanori Tozawa is the president of Hinoki Kogei, a prestigious wood cabinet manufacturer in Japan. He is a certified cabinet repairer of PP Møbler in Denmark and teaches cabinetry at Nihon University College of Art.