The Journey Into Design

No Attention To Detail

I got a fair amount of shit in the comment section of my social media outlets because I didn’t just simply cut the top off the rock and then re-glue it to the top of the bench.  Instead, I took the time to cut a hole for the rock to go through and carefully scribe the wood to fit neatly around the rock.

For me, it’s a sense of pride in my craftsmanship, a willingness to go the extra mile, a willingness to do something that few would ever think of, a desire to somehow attempt to create something original in an original way.

As many suggested, the easy way out is what I hate most about some pieces of art, product design, architecture, and really most anything created in an attempt to make it as cheap and easy as possible, with little regard to the details that could take it to a deeper level.

It’s like seeing a hot girl (or guy) in a coffee shop, and you are like, dang, I need to swipe right and go meet her.  You get up, go introduce yourself, sit down, and try to make small talk to get to know her.  You know the basic questions, trying to find something in common, something to talk about; what do you like to do for fun, hobbies, favorite book, favorite movie, whatever.

Then the disappointment washes over you as you realize she has no interests, hobbies, favorite book, NetFlix, and CHILL.  She doesn’t even like coffee, she is only drinking a pumpkin spice latte because it’s November, and it’s the special of the day, the trendy shit that everyone is drinking.  Totally disappointed you get up and leave.

When someone sits down with a piece of my art, I don’t want them to be disappointed. I want them to be curious: How did he do that, how long did it take, and what possessed him to take the time to carve out the wood to fit the rock? I want there to be a conversation between the viewer and the piece. The viewer should leave with unanswered questions and want to come back and sit again.

Find out more about the Stone and Bridge bench.

Stone and wood bridge bench

I’m the owner of Benham Design Concepts, a mixed media art studio where I design and build custom furniture and other works of art using wood, glass, stone, and various metals.
In this blog, I talk about the art I create, my journey, and the things I learn along the way.