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Furniture Design Heads Outside – Birth of the Arc Table

Until recently, I’d never designed or built furniture to go anywhere but inside, mainly for the obvious reason that wood and water don’t make a lasting match. Even in situations for which it is suited, like decking and trim on … Continue reading

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what makes ‘classical’ design?

classic furniture: unique, one-of-a-kind or a re-iteration of the past Every so often, you might see a piece of furniture that’s striking, catching your attention for some subliminal reason and you’re hard pressed to figure out why. Is it like … Continue reading

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The Doors

doors play a vital role in house design Beyond the obvious – the transition between inside and outside and one room to another – doors represent design on a less physical plane: things suggested like opportunity, mystery and security, to … Continue reading

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Wood and What Else?

I love wood; I love working with it, seeing it in its various stages of expression from raw plank to satin-polished surface. Sometimes, though, the use of a ‘complementary’ material in a design enhances wood’s ascendance and also creates a … Continue reading

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A Case for Custom

You’ve taken on a lot in choosing to redo your kitchen or build the addition or create a study or rec-room in the basement. The parade of problems, alternatives, solutions and decisions has seemed endless and has left you questioning … Continue reading

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a fine finishing primer

What is the finest finish for my furniture? I hear this question a lot. My stock answer: it depends on what you want. What will you be using the piece for? How much use/traffic will it get? What kind of … Continue reading

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handmade furniture design – from concept to finish

first step – the idea for handmade furniture design Conceiving a piece of furniture is kind of like magic; but not quite. The process is real enough, though how the ideas take shape is a mystery. It starts somewhere – … Continue reading

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solid wood and plywood – design choices, lesson 2

using wood Remember from Lesson 1 that wood moves. Because of its cellular structure, wood is constantly ‘out of balance’ with its environment. When the air is humid, anything made of wood is absorbing moisture and swelling as it does. … Continue reading

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wood for not-woodworkers: part 1/4

understanding wood   As a material, wood is all around us; we see it everyday.   It’s all too easy to look at it without ‘seeing’ it though, giving new meaning to the old saw about the forest and the … Continue reading

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woodworking course for designers – Intro

pd woodworking course furniture 101   Ideally, furniture and cabinet design should go hand in glove with fabrication. It doesn’t always work that way in the real world. With malice toward none, on one side are designers and on the … Continue reading

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