FLOW: A stunning plywood desk that mimics the movements of six dancers!

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Don’t we often marvel at the graceful fluidity and flexibility of a dancer? Manchester-born Liam Hopkins has gone a step further in his appreciation of the art form and the artists. Using his skill as a designer, Hopkins has successfully reproduced the infinitely-intricate movements and postures of dancers with the help of 300 pieces of wood. The uniquely-shaped plywood desk, titled FLOW, currently resides as the centerpiece in a newly-built £10 million creative education center in North West England. 

Founder of Lazerian, a creative design studio based in Manchester, Hopkins has worked with some well-known names, including Bloomberg, MOBO Awards and ARUP Architects. For the current project, the firm was commissioned by Clarendon Sixth Form College to create a versatile sculptural piece for its new creative education facility. In addition to its stunning visual appeal, it helps foster a three-way relationship between the college, the students and the wider scope of artistic practice.

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According to Hopkins, FLOW’s brilliantly undulating design echoes the movements and performances of six different dancers. Its somewhat-haphazard curves and folds are also reminiscent of the mesmerizing ebb and flow of waves. Comprised of 300 carefully-carved pieces of cherry-veneered birch plywood, the desk was assembled on site via a time-saving and cost-effective modular approach. Speaking about the creation, Hopkins said:

A component-based approach would offer a logistical solution when it came to transport and build, but by separating the design and letting the form flow through hundreds of individual elements, there was also a strong conceptual message for the college’s students of the whole being the sum of its parts. In a digital age of global collaboration, it’s an important principle for anyone with a creative spark who wants to fulfill their potential.

Located in Manchester, United Kingdom, Clarendon College boasts an array of state-of-the-art facilities, including hi-tech laboratories, dance studios, digital art center and even a 200-seat theater.

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Source: Lazerian

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