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.
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.