What, When, Where: Warren, Rhode Island
August 20, 2012
By Lisa E. Harrison
I admittedly didn’t have to travel far to find inspiration for today’s post. A recent conversation with a neighbor got me thinking about the bounty in my own backyard. Warren, Rhode Island–the smallest town in the smallest state–has a contagious creative spirit that’s unrivaled by towns triple the size. Increasingly celebrated as an artists’ haven (I couldn’t begin to guess the painters per capita), Warren is also home to a passionate group crafting furniture and accessories for the home.
In one rehabbed mill building alone, 30 Cutler Street, there’s a creative cadre that’s doing their part to help shape the future of design. Here are three to keep an eye on:
At O&G Studio, former RISD pals Sara Ossana (she’s an architect and set designer) and Jonathan Glatt (he’s a jewelry designer) merged talents to create a stunning line of modern furniture and accessories that nod to the past.
Made of solid ash, the Buck Dining Table is O&G’s take on the traditional sawbuck table. Photo courtesy of O&G Studios
The new Colt Settee, handmade in American Maple, features a simple seat profile, stretcher-less legs and a dramatic steam bent comb. Photo courtesy of O&G Studios.
Felicia Hwang Bishop founded Hwang Bishop Designs in 1994. Her company specializes in statement-making high-end lighting and furniture for residential and commercial spaces. Her pieces are made to order and custom designs are welcome.
The â€œIncenseâ€ table lamp is part of the Atelier line. Individually made clay columns are scored and slipped, then the piece is bisqued, hand glazed, and high fired for a lustrous finish. Photo courtesy of Hwang Bishop
The â€œLinen Foldâ€ side table in gold leaf with red clay accent. Photo courtesy of Hwang Bishop
Ceramicist Pat Warwick, also a RISD alum, creates tiles and custom installations, many of them inspired by the sea. Warwick’s work, from mirrors and murals to backsplashes and tables, can be done to spec.
â€œBreaching Whale,â€ a custom tile installation. Photo courtesy of Pat WarwickÂ
â€œCrab,â€ individually hand-embossed and hand-glazed tiles. Photo courtesy of Pat Warwick
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