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Before Fernando Ciccotosto started his Toronto-based furniture studio, Tool + Bark, a year ago, he was a professionally trained graphic designer.

His sense of line, balance and composition has carried over from his 2-D to his 3-D work. His Orbit light, for example, is composed from a series of striking, rectangular boxes.

Each maple frame is pivoting around a sleek, aluminum rod, and can be repositioned so they appear all flat and aligned, or fanned out like a star burst.

The dynamism of the piece changes the overall effect of the twin, exposed bulbs – allowing for more direct light, or interesting, dispersed shadows. This ability to impact the overall feeling of a room is one of the reasons Ciccotosto decided to stop working with paper, and start working with power tools.


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