When he was a student, Heatherwick spent time experimentally carving wood on a machine tool called a bobbin sander. Using the rigorous geometry of straight lines, this tool is able to create forms with twisted surfaces. Four of these twisted pieces were combined, forming a cabinet with schizophrenic doors: when they are opened halfway, the bottoms of the doors look as if they are nearly open, while the tops still look almost closed.
Heatherwick made the first and original oak cabinet by hand, and the complex piece is now produced and marketed by Benchmark.
Team: Stuart Wood