My interest in art and design began at a young age. The New England homes of my parents and grandparents contained examples of early American and European furniture. As a young person, I spent long hours engrossed in drawing and building imaginary worlds. In school and on my own time I drew, sculpted and studied the works of Rodin, Matisse, the Fauvists, a few favorite architects and the forms found in nature. While at Harvard and Colorado College (BA 1975), my academic classes were in philosophy, economics, and political science.
Instead of pursuing a degree in architecture right out of college, I chose to dive into practical experience. I found the work in a cabinet shop to be interesting in its own right and commenced a journey of learning the intricacies of wood construction and running a small business. Classes with furniture makers Sam Maloof, Art Carpenter and others inspired me to further exploration of joinery, drafting, design. My love of drawing found expression in carvings and inlays in entry doors and cases. Those early images of animal and bird arcing around one another show the same fascination with the interplay of curved lines that continues to guide me in subsequent years of designing furniture.
I grew up surrounded by treasured objects: be they letter opener or vase, they had story and meaning. They had been handed down by a relative, made by a special person, or purchased in a special place. In our work today, the challenges are ongoing. As we seek precision and efficiency in the processes of construction, grace and comfort in the look and function of a piece, we hope these new works will in turn find meaning and be treasured in peoples lives.
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