Have you ever wondered when you’re designing a piece of furniture or box or anything made of wood, how your mind comes up with the design? What makes you say, “WOW” how did they come up with that design?” I think it has a lot to do with what influences you. For me I have been studying furniture history and the influence from the old masters, which involves carving, marquetry and other traditional techniques.
What I don’t understand with my designs is that I love the new modern style but for some reason I cannot see it in my head. The best I can do is seeing an old world design in my mind. When I try and come up with a new design I always think to myself I am going to make this more modern… That just doesn’t work for me like I plan. It makes me wonder if it has to do with all the studying I have done for such a long time now, if that is why I can’t see any modern design styles in my mind.
Maybe I just don’t have it in me to see things in a different light. My thoughts are that through the history of furniture making, furniture became more simplified over each time period. Then it jumped and created a gap from complicated to simplified and I think I am stuck in that gap.
For me, I think the closest piece to modern style, was my chess table and chairs. I am looking for some of my fellow lumberjocks to share your design process and what has influenced you when you think of your designs?
-- Dennis Zongker