RECENT PROJECTS

 

RE-CLAIMED OAK DINING TABLER
Re-claimed oak dining table Re-claimed oak dining table

2009
30” x 42” x 96-144”
Re-claimed oak

The wood for this commission came from the rafters of an old farmhouse that the couple was in the middle of renovating. They wanted to give the wood a second life - this time as furniture for the same home.

RYAN CABINET
Ryan cabinet detail Ryan cabinet

2009
80"x40"x17"
Bamboo, Pau amarello, Bronze hardware

This commission for a display cabinet began when the client saw the work I had made for the "Inspired by China" exhibition. They liked the open grill work of one of those cabinets, and requested a design that permitted adjustable shelves in the center.
The comparatively large size is appropriate for the space in the home it now inhabits.

CLOSE TABLES W/ LATTICE APRONS
Lattice apron side table Small Lattice apron side table Large Lattice apron side table Large & Small detail

2008
Large 43.5"x24”x23.5"
Small 24”x22”x15.25”
Narra

This commission also began, at least partly, as a result of the client responding to the work she had seen in the "Inspired by China" exhibition. She had a large table lamp that she wanted to have sit on a more appropriate table than the one it was currently on, and that's where the discussion began.

LATTICE TABLE
Lattice table detail Lattice table

2007
30" x 37" x 37"
Alaskan yellow cedar, Epoxy resin

This piece was culmination of many overlapping interests for me - I'm always interested in the strength to weight ratio of a piece ( lighter is better ), always interested in the role that structure can play in the design, and in this case wanted to explore the possibilities of light transference.
The use of epoxy resin quickly migrated to the forefront of a series of experiments, and I love the way it has served all three criteria.

SILK CHINESE PIECE
Silk Chinese Piece Hardware Silk Chinese Piece Doors Open Silk Chinese Piece

2006
68"x36"x20",
Zelkova, Bamboo, Silk with epoxy resin, Damascus steel & bronze pulls

This was one of two pieces made for the exhibition " Inspired by China" hosted by the Peabody Essex museum in Salem, Mass. The curator asked several studio furniture makers to respond to their collection of historic Chinese furniture by making a contemporary piece. I chose to make a pair of cabinets that were compatible but not identical.
This is a rare example (for me) of the design / concept being driven largely by some especially beautiful lumber - in this case, "zelkova", which I had sitting in the shop for years, waiting for the right project.

Design by Atsushi Hanano