Frank and Havet by SNICKERIET

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Have you met Frank and Havet? The designers for SNICKERIET, Karl-Johan Hjerling and Karin Wallenbeck, have christened two of their pieces with names to fit the furniture. Frank is, well, frank in both its construction and its appearance. A cabinet paneled entirely in plexiglass, Frank lays bare its inner workings from the maple frame’s joinery to the brass fittings on the plexi. Craftsmanship is of highest priority, for the plexi is treated as if it were wood and is held together through dovetailing, a technique common to carpentry. The more formidable brother to Frank, Havet is a taller pine cabinet with an undulating façade. The soft feathered look is deceiving, for the waves are actually chiseled into wood by hand with an angle grinder. The outside of the cabinet is then stained and lacquered in a matte black, mimicking the texture of a rich and luxurious oil-painting. Though the cabinets can be interpreted as a pair – their keys are twins in brass and steel – the two pieces offer completely polar attitudes toward function. While one cabinet’s transparency showcases its contents, the other keeps its secrets wrapped in dark mystery.

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Kimberly is a graduate from MIT's Department of Architecture, and has recently joined the publication team at MIT OpenCourseWare. While architecture remains her first love, her interests encompass literature – epic poetry and Medieval romances are her favorite – and also fashion.

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