Stewart Wurtz

  • Stewart Wurtz's picture
    Resident of Seattle, WA
    Stewart's furniture continues the lineage of traditional craftsmanship while embracing new technologies and methods. He is inspired by the minimalism of modern form and design and embellishes that simplicity with details that reveal processes, structure or the hand of the maker.
Photo of Niho Dining Table by Stewart Wurtz
Photo of Luna Chairs by Stewart Wurtz
luna rocker
elements wall cabinet
mika end table
chesntut mika table
Photo of MM Writing Desk  by Stewart Wurtz
Photo of Claro Buffet by Stewart Wurtz
Photo of Chestnut Nightstand  by Stewart Wurtz
Photo of Zievers Counter Stools by Stewart Wurtz
Photo of Garden Bench  by Stewart Wurtz
Photo of Luna Rocker by Stewart Wurtz
Photo of SSC Kitchen Table by Stewart Wurtz
Photo of Lacewood Desk by Stewart Wurtz
Photo of Pajaro Coffee Table  by Stewart Wurtz
mazama table in sycamore, ebonized ash, wenge
Photo of V.1 Shell Chairs by Stewart Wurtz
mahogany, spalted maple, wenge mazama table
Photo of Sycamore Coffee Table  by Stewart Wurtz
Photo of Radii Writing Desk by Stewart Wurtz
mazama table in claro walnut, ebonized ash, wenge
ssc coffee table
Photo of Rubin Bench by Stewart Wurtz
juno chest
vg fir, fig maple, wenge mazama table
Photo of Juno Chest by Stewart Wurtz
Photo of Lacewood Desk by Stewart Wurtz

Stewart Wurtz maintains his studio in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle. He is inspired by the minimalism of modern form and design and embellishes this simplicity with details that reveal process, structure, or the hand of the maker. He combines wood with other materials, like metal, as the play between them can enhance each material and encourage new discoveries.

"When I begin a project, my time sketching is indispensable in working through ideas. Often I am inspired by a particular gesture or form in an early sketch that starts the dance of a new piece. The challenge is to keep the freshness of this gesture while continuing to develop the idea. I find myself going back and forth between the drawing and 3D mock up until I really understand the essence of this new object. The details and the structure develop out of this exploration and begin to crystallize as I start work on the final piece. All I can hope for in making my furniture is to pay homage in some small way to the wonder and beauty of our natural environment. I strive for an economy of form in my work and like to use simple lines with spare detail to achieve this balance. My work is meant to be utilitarian, and I'd be honored to think that it will be enjoyed both today and well into the future."

Read about Stewart Wurtz in the press
Studio furniture-makers transcend nature, one unique piece at a time
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The Seattle Times December 7, 2008
Seeing the Sound
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The Seattle Times October 7, 2007

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