I am sure we have all seen the work of Sam Maloof before but I am guilty. I am guilty of just thinking of the over exaggerated lines of a few rocking chairs that I have seen on line. I recently came across an amazing close up on a wood joint and it led me back to Sam’s site. I was in amazement looking through the gallery at some of his pieces. The attention to detail is beautiful. On his site, he refers to himself as a wood worker, yes but I see these pieces as art, even sculpture.
Young & Norgate has a beautiful line of hand crafted Bespoke modern furniture. I really enjoy the sharp geometric lines found in these pieces. The Animate bedside table and writing desk are the stars of the show for me. I am pretty smitten with the drawer front’s beveled edge that allows it to set in and flush. The cool factor comes from the exposed drawer rail, it is both form and function. The bright colors mixed with the walnut are a nice juxtaposition.
In a fast moving world we make slow furniture. Every piece we make has had the luxurious ingredient of time mixed in to its being. Add passion, a good amount of graft and an unhealthy dose of perfectionism and you will get the base ingredients of our furniture. We love the honesty of wood. Its imperfections, its incessant movement years after the tree has been cut down. We want to celebrate this beautiful material in our furniture. By paring it with clean lined designs or contrasting it with colour, we allow it to continue telling its story.
On May 8th, Wright Auctions presents Scandinavian Design. So I know this is sort of a cop out post but I have always loved to play the “if I could just have one” game. Wright always has some stunning pieces and this batch is no exception. As I looked through the auction, thinking “I would have?” I was drawn to the PETER HVIDT tables model 523. I have always been drawn to the spiral pieces and how you can configure them in different designs.
OK, here goes…If you could have just one, which one would it be?
IB KOFOD-LARSEN, Faarup Møbelfabrik, Denmark, c. 1960 rosewood
These modern stone designs by Kim HyunJoo are simple and beautiful. Her minimal approach to the objects she creates is stunning. I like so many of her pieces but the one that stood out to me was the Seoul Tray. The shape is elegant the topographic like lines on the interior of the tray ads an interesting texture while holding its content steady.
South Korean designer Kim HyunJoo was born in Seoul in 1980. As an industrial designer and a service design consultant, Kim HyunJoo has worked with Calvin Klein NY, Westin Chosun Hotel, GCS Stone, SK group, KOLON, F.Guzzini, and previously worked in Giovannoni Design Studio in Milan, 2007. Her design style is inspired by nature and natural materials, with an emphasis on oriental aesthetics, and her work has been exhibited at Milan Furniture fair 2014, German Paper world 2014, Maison-objet 2013, and numerous Korean exhibitions.
This modular shelving by Modiste Furniture is quite intriguing. In my mind, it is certainly influenced by the work of Paul McCobb. I like the credenza with the marble top. I don’t think I like the exposed plywood edge, maybe because it “cheapens” or “lessens” the piece? Maybe it provides a lower price point for the unit? I would love to see it built using another set of materials. Brass, walnut and marble would look mighty fine. Over all, I like the design and the visual simplicity of the structures.
I first came across the work of Munkii when I saw the WANG chair. Their modern seating collection has three chairs that I really like. The GEEK, WANG, and WANG WIRE are all really nice minimal designs. I can almost see the seat on the WANG chair floating on just a few metal rods. The brass bracket on the backrest is a nice detail. The GEEK chair makes a nice use of two materials working together but I would have to assume that there would be some sort of cushion that goes with this chair.
” We design things that exploit the raw and rudimentary outline of the object. A chair should look like a chair and nothing else. We don’t create, invent or conceive. We discover new ways to present an already perfect profile. “