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Project by dan mosheim posted 01-22-2013 03:25 AM 3045 views 18 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

we make furniture, one piece at a time, it’s true, but, we also sometime make spaces, often intimate and personal spaces, that can have a deep meaning both for us, and for the clients we work with. i visited the space in the first photo above yesterday, to discuss some new work in an upstairs office, and was struck by the peacefulness of it. the client was the designer and she has an impeccable eye. we applaud her taste in custom furniture. the two pieces we made in the photo, the large kas tv cabinet in the background, (back when big tvs were still big), and the custom pool table in the foreground, both look great over 10 years later. both were challenges on a lot of levels, but looking at them now i remember the challenges as both fun and considerable. so, we should design a piece of furniture not just as a piece of furniture, but hopefully also as a part of the the larger surroundings where it will end up. for more thoughts on furniture/interior design visit this post on our dorset custom furniture blog

-- dan,vermont,

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#1 posted 01-22-2013 03:30 AM

Nice to see what happens when someone has both money and taste. Doesn’t happen often enough !

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#2 posted 01-22-2013 03:31 AM

Beautiful Work and you should be very proud

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#3 posted 01-22-2013 03:33 AM

Love all of your pictures…..great spaces…..was especially impressed with picture 4, what a well thought out spacing and arranging of artifacts for display….well done !!

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#4 posted 01-22-2013 04:16 AM

yes Dan you are right on key with these thoughts, its taking the time to really think how this piece will impact the surrounding, i know that sometimes we get caught up in the moment and hurry to get something done, and we don’t think of how this will effect a given space either in the now or later, and i agree it should be a big consideration…Ive spent the last few days looking at your pictures from the last few years from your blog, and i think its amazing the different pieces that have been designed and made, from small to 27 foot conference tables, you have had a wonderful career, and your work has inspired me as well as many others, and to have done this with some family at your side has been a true blessing…i loved the one picture of the three of you sitting in the swinging seat you had chained to the shop ceiling, you looked as comfortable weather it was 8 inches from the floor or 20 feet, you knew it wasn’t going anywhere….thanks for your influence

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#5 posted 01-22-2013 04:17 AM

Very inspirational Dan…I hope this post stays up for a long time and is viewed by a lot of wood workers…I know I’ll revisit it as a reminder from time to time.

-- Steve

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#6 posted 01-22-2013 04:21 AM

I know how you feel Dan.
I get a very warm feeling when I see some boat that I built at some past time now years later a part of some new family’s life.
We are truly lucky to have had customers to enable our creations.
Your work has been an inspiration to me since I first saw it here.
Well done and enjoy your warm happy spaces.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#7 posted 01-22-2013 05:15 AM

Great work on all of them, always a pleasure looking at your creations. One of your tables inspired me to make my outdoor dining table a while back on here, Thx

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#8 posted 01-22-2013 05:33 AM

Excellent work ,wonderful surroundings .

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#9 posted 01-22-2013 06:31 AM

Great designs; so peacefull.

Love that corner stair!

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#10 posted 01-22-2013 07:09 AM


I really, really love the stairs in the final photo, but they wouldn’t pass code here without a railing on the outside (maybe too narrow, too).

Quality work is timeless. The television cabinet is still an outstanding piece of furniture.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#11 posted 01-22-2013 10:54 AM

I love the stairs design. I assume you have installed the drawers so that they will not remain open. People around here have habit (bad) of leaving drawers open and that, obviously, would pose a safety hazard on stairs. You are a talented designer and I admire your work.


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#12 posted 01-22-2013 11:31 AM

got to say you’re right about the peaceful space.

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#13 posted 01-22-2013 12:33 PM

Love it all!

-- "The things you take for granted...someone else is praying for..."

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#14 posted 01-22-2013 06:17 PM

You are in great company! The stairs are tonsu like. :) Space and place influence us all.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#15 posted 01-22-2013 10:59 PM

nice,i especially like the built in’s on the stairway..

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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