Seth Rolland

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    Resident of Port Townsend, WA
    Seth's furniture is influenced by natural forms, Japanese and Danish aesthetics, and explorations of structure, materials and balanced asymmetry. "Furniture for me is an opportunity to bring sculptural forms and ideas into direct relationship with people through daily use."
Mesa rocking chair by Seth Rolland custom furniture
Ash Explosion hall table by Seth Rolland
Stone Islands coffee table by Seth Rolland furniture
Photo of Oxeye hall table by Seth Rolland
Photo of Gibraltar bench by Seth Rolland
Photo of Clearwater coffee table by Seth Rolland
Cascade Buffet by Seth Rolland
Photo of North beach hall table by Seth Rolland
Gazelle Cafe Table by Seth Rolland
Wall Mounted Coat Rack by Seth Rolland
Helios Sculpture by Seth Rolland
Finback hall table by Seth Rolland
Photo of Zephyr Barstool by Seth Rolland
Photo of Banyan coffee table by Seth Rolland
Blanket chest by Seth Rolland
Photo of Banyan hall table by Seth Rolland
Photo of Tsubo Coffee Table by Seth Rolland
Photo of Dreamcatcher hall table by Seth Rolland
Photo of Jannas dining table by Seth Rolland
Photo of Parabola hall table by Seth Rolland
Photo of Sun and Leaf Room Divider Screen by Seth Rolland
Photo of Slate and mahogany door by Seth Rolland
Photo of Cayuga bed by Seth Rolland
Photo of Cayuga Nightstands by Seth Rolland
Photo of Trimerous Desk by Seth Rolland
Photo of Abanico hall table by Seth Rolland
Photo of Karens dresser by Seth Rolland
Photo of Smith Dining table by Seth Rolland
Round Cascade Buffet by Seth Rolland
Photo of Hayes entertainment center by Seth Rolland
Photo of Gazelle Hall Table by Seth Rolland
Torii Hall Table by Seth Rolland
Photo of Sprout coffee table by Seth Rolland
Photo of Sunburst hall table by Seth Rolland
Abanico Dining Table by Seth Rolland
Photo of Tango Hall Set by Seth Rolland
Round Tango Display Table by Seth Rolland
Photo of Banyan Side Table by Seth Rolland
Photo of Banyan Buffet by Seth Rolland
Tango Mirror by Seth Rolland
Horizontal Mirror by Seth Rolland
Vertical Mirror by Seth Rolland
Bandsaw sketches by Seth Rolland
Holey Maple Hall Table by Seth Rolland
walnut bar stool by Seth Rolland
Abanico bookends in use by Seth Rolland
Stonehenge bookends in use by Seth Rolland
Seth Rolland Wood Vases
Torii Hall Table by Seth Rolland

Raised by architects, I grew up with Eames, Aalto and Danish furniture and learned early that form follows function. I have been making furniture for over 20 years, first in Taos, New Mexico and now in Port Townsend, WA. During that time my work has evolved to be more sculptural while still retaining all its function. I strive to make furniture that is clean lined, animated, friendly, fun and thought provoking. I enjoy discovering the limits of my materials and finding ways around those. My designs evolve through sketches, models and mockups to ensure that the curves and proportions are well balanced from all angles. I cut, join, carve, assemble and finish each piece by hand to guarantee the highest quality craftsmanship at every stage.

I see my current work as fitting into 3 groups. One group of designs is organic, curved pieces inspired by the simplicity, beauty and motion of natural forms. I use a variety of methods to shape these curves including carving, steam bending, lamination and vacuum forming. In another series I am exploring the range of forms that can be created from a single piece of wood cut part way through and expanded through steam bending, creating furniture with hardly any glue or joinery. The nature of the wood itself restricts the curves to ones that are both dramatic and extremely fluid. The last series combines wood with natural stone. In these pieces the wood is literally balanced by the weight of the stone. Often the design switches the usual qualities of the materials – the wood may look sharp and hard, while the organic shape of the stone makes it seem soft and friendly by comparison.

Read about Seth Rolland in the press
Luxe's Gallery Walk showing Seth Rolland's Oxeye Hall Table
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Luxe Pacific Northwest edition Spring 2012 April 1, 2012
Seth Rolland: Slicing Maestro
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Fine Woodworking June 3, 2010
Sculptural Bookends That Blossom From Single Piece of Wood
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The New York Times February 4, 2009
Hometone.org interview
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Hometone.org March 1, 2008
Custom Woodworking Business Design Portfolio Award
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Custom Woodworking Business December 13, 2006
Seth Rolland On Design and Creativity
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Highland Hardware Wood News Online August 1, 2005

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