Editor’s Miscellany: Turn, Turn, Turn
January 3, 2013
By Kyle Hoepner
A Christmas visit from a woodworking friend of my father’s reminded me how much fun can be had with a lathe and a hunk of tree. There’s something about spool or bobbin chairs, baluster lamps, barley twist consoles and their various spun-and-shaved brethren that will get me every time.
An innate dollop of perversity is what makes them most delightful–a little bit of that single-mindedness â€œoutsiderâ€ craftsmen can sometimes exhibit, by virtue of their voracious enthusiasm and laser focus on a single medium or type of work. (When it comes to wood turning, the look and feel can be quite similar, for example, to the tramp art mentioned on this blog back in June 2012.)
Professional designers often pick up on this spirit, and push aspects of their designs in the direction of exaggeration and whimsy.
Then again, some designers take an opposite tack, seeking to regularize or â€œarchitecturalizeâ€ the look.
Either way, the results tend to catch the eye and can add a fillip of cheer to your domestic life.
For more fun furniture, check out these links.
Soft Focus: Form marries function with beautiful results in the furniture designed by bius,Â a contemporary design studio.
Transformers: Not the movie series, but a new wave of furniture that undergoes a change in appearance and even function.