Jessica Currie, Laika Sideboard (STUDENT 2023)

Name of school or tertiary institution, and name of woodworking teacher (if you have one):
Melbourne Polytechnic

Introducing the Laika sideboard, an extraordinary fusion of timeless design and meticulous craftsmanship. Inspired by mid-century aesthetics, this masterpiece showcases the captivating beauty of solid American black walnut. Every detail has been meticulously attended to, including the precise grain matching of the tambour doors, adding an exquisite touch to its overall allure. The creation of the Laika sideboard was thoughtfully documented on Instagram, offering a captivating glimpse into the journey of its making. Follow the artistic process and witness the dedication and passion that went into crafting this remarkable piece on @finalfolio. The tambour doors, with their carefully matched grain patterns, gracefully slide open to reveal bronzed glass shelving, exuding a sense of elegance and sophistication. The dovetailed drawers provide both functional storage and a testament to the craftsmanship that went into their creation. Photos: @northsidestudio Incorporating modern convenience, the Laika sideboard features USB and USB-C charging ports, as well as a 12-outlet internal power board. The pressure switch undermount LED lighting further accentuates the beauty of the piece, casting a warm glow on the intricacies of the design. As the final custom-made furniture project for my Cabinet Making and Joinery course at Melbourne Polytechnic, the Laika sideboard not only represents the culmination of my journey but also secured me the esteemed title of Apprentice of the Year. With its timeless mid-century inspiration, meticulous grain matching, and thoughtful craftsmanship, the Laika sideboard stands as a testament to the harmonious blend of artistry and functionality. It is a statement piece that will elevate any space with its unrivaled beauty and attention to detail.

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