The classical Danish approach to handling asymmetry is to 'tame' the organic by pairing it to an architectural anchor. Later, Hiroyuki Tokutomi demonstrated that deft use of asymmetry could offset other asymmetry. Here Alex Florov solidly unifies a trio of wildly differing organic forms through linear flanking, and the ingenious use of the West's 'rule of three'. The forward sloped disc of the bowl not only shows a poignancy in the placement of the chamber and the surrounding plateau, the view from the top reveals an homage to the Enso (the Zen circle, first seen in the earlier works of Toku-san). While imbued with the same amazing presentation of 'melting katachi', the left-to-right bias of the shank counters the fore-slope of the bowl, aided by a very cool, diagonal offset. With the stem and bit, again, we have a sweet sense of 'katachi meets impermanence', but the emphasis returns to the implied elongation of the bowl. Where's the aforementioned, groundbreaking use the Western rule of three? Not in simply having three distinct-but-unified segments (though it doesn't hurt the case). It's also in the widest part of the bowl, shank, and mount-to-bit all measuring 2.36" (within a .04" tolerance). Alex never ceases to amaze.
--R. 'Bear' Graves
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