An intricate artwork made from thin pieces of wood that run through a cylindrical frame like ribbons, the Invisible Store of Happiness makes a statement about both craftsmanship and sustainability. Created by furniture designer/maker Sebastian Cox and artist Laura Ellen Bacon for this year's Clerkenwell Design Week, on now in London, the three-meter (~10 foot) high, steam-bent assemblage of American cherry and American soft maple woods was wholly built with a smaller carbon footprint than an iPhone 6. Sitting below the venerable stone arches at the historic 16th-century Museum of the Order of St. John, the installation was made using a delicate, time-consuming processes.
The wooden sculpture is the latest project sponsored by the American Hardwood Export Council, a trade group that has previously collaborated with Clerkenwell to promote the use of lesser-utilized species of wood and more balanced and sustainable forestry. The creation of the Invisible Store of Happiness reads like a masterclass on creative woodworking. The umbrella-like vertical frames are held together with 380 glue-less mortise-and-tenon joints, while the wavy wooden forms were made from this slices of wood soaked in the River Thames outside of Cox's workshop overnight, then set in forms for two hours to create the unique shapes.