Thursday, January 26, 2012

take an object; do something to it; do something else to it ... part 1

in a recent post, i wrote about refinishing a table i built 21 years ago in a style i am still working in today, and in fact, started working on in 1986. i'll give jasper johns some credit for that as i often use his quote in the title above when talking about a 'design language'. my introduction to 'my style' was by complete accident in 1986. a client/friend who had been living in germany for a few years described this desk she wanted me to build for her based on some furniture she had been living with during those years abroad. i kind got what she was describing and made her desk, as she described it to me. click the photos to enlarge them ...
there it is, in the upper right hand corner, mahogany and black paint with brass hardware. my wife and i both liked the style and since our house at the time was more or less devoid of nice furniture, i decided i would participate in a 'show' at a local gallery and whatever didn't sell (hah !), we would bring home for the dining room. well, we know how that goes, and i have had this lovely furniture in my own home for 25 years now. this was before the internet and before my book collection had grown to include anything regarding the biedermeier style. the desk above we liked, but was too formal for us so we used native natural cherry with the black paint instead of the stained mahogany. presto ... studio style ....that's our table and chairs in the upper left corner above and our sideboard in the top left corner of the top photo. so, what am i trying to say here?. this is a post i have been trying to write for a while about, really, how did i get here? we actually did two custom 'studio style' dining rooms last year, this one, and this one so on we go with it ...
so, here we are ... take an object, or a design, or a combination of woods or colors and try to imagine how they could be different, or similar but different; change a little here; change a little there; change a lot, but keep some stuff; keep at it; keep reading and looking; keep an open mind and keep changing ... when you look back 30 some years later you'll indeed wonder 'how did i get here?' , but you'll be pleased that your designs hang together from the same thread or threads that run through all of it ...

you can add some inlays ... here we have a studio style half round with abalone inlays, which led to some bed headboards with abalone inlays, and we know where that went, which was on to one of our most involved and challenging pieces. more on the 'wood and metal style' in a future post.
wood and steel tables ... the 'bethlehem steel series'.

3 comments:

Brian Q said...

I am one of many pleased with the work you do. In my home we just refer to it as DCF. The name speaks for itself.... for us at least. Keep up the great work and look forward to seeing more from your blog and maybe a few more pieces to boot!

England Furniture said...

Your suggestions on how to take modify something you already own could be seen as a revelation to some. Thank you for posting your insights.

Amy Furniture said...

You guys have done a great job.
I think I just found my next project. Thank you.