This corporate commission works both as furniture and as a type of visual metaphor for the work of the venture capital fund that commissioned it. The vertical members are explicitly linked by their geometry. A visually heavy cap or coping reins them in under a common framework, guiding and protecting them from above. This piece is visually tied to a stone table in the lobby; a separate entity that shares the same DNA but has evolved and flourished outside the boundaries of the main corporate structure.
The stone was salvaged from old streets and abandoned temple stairs in Southern China. In this way, the stone itself is an artifact of both the Chinese monarchy and of the rise and fall of communism in that country. It seems appropriate that it now serves as the centerpiece of a modern institution whose investments in China stand in the vanguard of their new economy.