A palindrome is a word or phrase that reads the same backwards or forwards. British artist/designer Peter Marigold’s Palindrome collection of furniture for New York design store Moss is that, with a twist: They are symmetrical pieces that are half mold and half cast, with the forms, textures, and details of one side mirrored on the other. To make the items, Marigold engages in a little production trickery. He first assembles the wood as a mold, with the composite casting material layered inside. Once the latter is set, he disassembles the wooden mold, turns it inside out, then reassembles it, using fasteners to join the two sides. The result is that the imperfections in the wood and rendered beautiful on the cast side: circular saw marks become symmetrical decorative swirls, knots become motifs, and holes become handles.
Prior to casting, the item’s wooden half is engraved with a word or phrase, which is repeated on the cast side in raised writing. Each of the collection’s eight pieces has its own palindromic name, save for the gun cabinet. Sadly, each item is a one-off.