Press: ID Magazine
Design on the Cusp

"The division between brutal industrial forms and intricate handcrafted ones is no longer so clear; its usually in the intersection of the two that produces the most beautiful work."


"The studio revolves around a 9,000-lb. Thermwood computer numerical controlled mill. It looks like, and in fact is, a great big surgical device: a flatbed chassis for the medium beneath its three-axis router, a dancing drill-like weapon for cutting, usually wood. The robotic router takes commands from Mastercam software.

Commonwealth likes to pervert the mill's powers and test its thousands of an inch tolerance, to bend mundane industrial materials toward artistic ends. In addition to the pieces they exhibit, the designers have taken to turning pale blue slabs of packing foam- used for nothing more than padding the works during transit to buyers and overseas galleries- into gorgeous forms that hug the frames like butterfly wings. The mill, Coombes points out, makes cutting complex curves just as easy as cutting straight lines, so why not? During a demo, Boira, 34, cracks that the people at Thermwood "wouldn't see what we do as a very efficient use of their tool"

-Bradford McKee for ID Magazine.

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