Editor’s Miscellany: Furnished Room

July 21, 2011

By Kyle Hoepner

I got an email recently from furniture designer Peter Harrison, whose unique work in wood, concrete, glass and stainless steel I first encountered at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair a few years ago, alerting me to an interesting new show of studio furniture

The Windsor Art Center, Windsor, Conn. Photo from nextwavefurniture.org

The current show on installation day. Photo from nextwavefurniture.org

“The Next Wave: A Third Generation of Studio Furniture Makers,†running from July 9 through August 20 at the Windsor Art Center in Windsor, Conn., presents a selection of works by twelve mid-career studio furniture makers from New England and New York. Here are pieces by a few exhibition participants (not all of these are actually in the show–you’ll want to go to see the rest!):

Thomas Throop, Cunard Sideboard. Walnut, elm burl, bog oak. 72″ x 19″ x 36″. Photo from nextwavefurniture.org

Duncan Gowdy, Brook Cabinets. Ash, rift-sawn white oak, brass, stain. 38″ x 11″ x 8″ (each). Photo by Dean Powell, from nextwavefurniture.org

Peter Harrison, Divergence. Sapele dyed black, stainless steel cable, aluminum. 36″ x 60″ x 12″. Photo from nextwavefurniture.org

Leah K. Woods, Bespoke: A Cabinet for a Man’s Shoes. White oak, black dye, stainless steel hardware. 48″ x 58″ x 29â€. Photo from leahkwoods.com

John Reed Fox, Donna’s Cabinet. Cherry with Port Orford cedar and paper. 32″ x 39.5″ x 15″. Photo from nextwavefurniture.org

According to New Canaan–based furniture maker and show curator Thomas Throop, “Each piece reflects the maker’s unique vision of what an everyday object has the potential to be. The diversity in their explorations of the material and technique as well as their interpretations of the various furniture types contributes to the story of studio furniture today.†It’s a story I’d encourage you to check out.

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