Robert Spangler

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    Resident of Bainbridge Island, WA
    Robert Spangler's furniture is influenced by Classical American and Asian designs. "I feel that a successful piece of furniture is more than a piece of furniture." Over the years I have come to believe that building and designing are inseparable - both processes inspire, one feeding the other.
Port Blakely Bed  by Robert Spangler
Zen Bed in Cherry
Zen bed in Walnut by Robert Spangler
Argus Butterfly Table in Walnut
Florian Dining Table and chairs by Robert Spangler
Argus 8, closed position by R Spangler
Butterfly Table by Robert Spangler
Soglio Dining Table
Doig Bench by Robert Spangler
Ming Chair  by Robert Spangler
Soho chair by Robert Spangler
Florian Chair by Robert Spangler
Biloba Chair
McCormick Chair by Robert Spangler
Blakely Stool
Photo of  Solstice Dining Table by Robert Spangler
Music Stand III by Robert Spangler
Standing Desk One
Photo of Todana Buffet by Robert Spangler
Contemporary Step Tansu
Low Tansu
Portal Buffet
Lytle Reading Chair & Ottoman
Duet Coffee Table  by Robert Spangler
Tribal Table by Robert Spangler
Photo of  Jenny's Slip Hall Table by Robert Spangler
Photo of Zataku Coffee Table by Robert Spangler
Mesa Coffee Table by Robert Spangler
Rolling Bay Dresser
Photo of Isho II by Robert Spangler
Photo of Isho Cabinet by Robert Spangler
Photo of Milano Bed and Sidestands by Robert Spangler
Media Cabinets by Robert Spangler
Mesa Coffee Table by Robert Spangler

After receiving degrees from Iowa State University School of Design and Landscape Architecture, followed by working in an office as a landscape architect for two years, I found that the drafting board had lost its appeal. I discovered that working with my hands to shape wood was extremely gratifying. In 1973 I began the pursuit of this new love by apprenticing with a third generation cabinetmaker.

Since then my work has been included in National Shows, public art projects, various publications, competitions and private collections. On larger scale projects, I have collaborated with other artists and design committees.

Though my work is influenced by classical European and American techniques and carving methods and a continuing interest in Asian furniture, I am always experimenting with new techniques and styles to express myself. My style combines these elements with a strong design background and my own unique life experiences. I feel that the objects that make up our environment have a profound effect upon our soul. These objects deserve recognition and honor. Their roles should be evocative, and also provocative. They should allow us to relax with them and yet challenge us to more lofty ideas. I think a successful piece of furniture is more than a piece of furniture.

Read about Robert Spangler in the press
Must Haves: Standing One Desk by Robert Spangler
(Link to pdf)
Luxe Spring 2013 March 1, 2013
Community Effort Thrives
(Link to article)
Woodshop News January 17, 2011
Concentrated Effort
(Link to article)
Woodshop News August 26, 2004

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