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04-12-2009 08:04 AM

Topic tags/keywords: furniture design sam maloof david marks darrell peart yeung chan question resource greene and greene arts and crafts rustic victorian shaker modern traditional

So… I’ve been trying to learn as much as I can about furniture design lately and have come across some amazing work! Some of the designers that I like are Sam Maloof, David Marks, Darrell Peart… I was curious though… Who’s work do my fellow lumberjocks admire??? Please let me know!

Spencer

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#1 posted 04-12-2009 01:49 PM

George Nakashima

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#2 posted 04-12-2009 02:55 PM

Azwoodman….......interesting question that has reared its head over time. Throwing out a name, doesn’t really mean much. The key is why a particular furniture designer is seleceted. Most names that will be pop up here will be those that people know of, but they will not be the best. Just those who individuals are more aware of.

The best ones are too busy figuring what materials and techniques can be used effectively. The best furniture designers create a form, then move on looking for another form and let others be inspired to build variations of that form.

Don’t look for individual names, investigate the discipline of design and over time, narrow the scope. Don’t look at a name, look at an objects form.

Neil

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#3 posted 04-12-2009 05:29 PM

Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann for furniture, Phillip Weber for boxes

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#4 posted 04-12-2009 06:06 PM

My first favorite designer is “Anonymous”....All that beautiful and prodigious furniture that nobody knows who was the brillint ebaniste to pruduce it, that includes many of my favoritu furniture from colonial periods and Shaker villages.
From the list of “known” designers, I like Jean Prouve, although many of his furniture is in steel with wooden parts. Hans J. Wegner is other of my favorite designers from the scandinavian side.

-- Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain" Frank Lloyd Wright

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#5 posted 04-12-2009 09:22 PM

Neil, I appreciate your comment. I guess I am really trying to just broaden my scope of whats really out there. If you have any references for me to search (ie. books, websites, etc) about design I would love it! I am really just trying to soak up all that I can. As you have said, I have found that the root of a good design isnt the name attached to it so much as how each piece makes me feel or what thoughts it gives me. Ive also found that some furniture design is actually inspired by architecture, which I thought was pretty cool. Maybe I should take a class on design or something…?

Spencer

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#6 posted 04-12-2009 09:34 PM

Philip Weber’s boxes are amazing!

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#7 posted 04-12-2009 09:36 PM

Chippendale

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#8 posted 04-12-2009 09:53 PM

Since I’ve been on LJs, I was introduced to Greene, & Greene, now they’re my favorites.

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#9 posted 04-13-2009 12:59 AM

I guess I’d say Shaker or Mission, maybe. Thx for posting the link to Phil Weber. Those are really wild and crazy!!

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#10 posted 04-13-2009 02:05 AM

Spencer….The eye must be educated as we educate other senses….photography, drawing or simply magazine viewing will help you to educate your eye. Visit nice buildings (nice ones) every time you have a chance..
You dont really need to take a course about design (but of course if you take it, doesnt hurt you!) Books + History are the key!
Borders and B&N does’t have really good books about Architecture and Design, the ones they have are so generic….would be better to locate an specializaed bookstore in your area

Online?
William Stout Architectural Books
Princeton Architectural press
Taschen

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#11 posted 04-13-2009 02:39 AM

Weber should be a national treasure…

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#12 posted 04-13-2009 06:29 AM

Thanks Moai! I like your advice. Ill look into those.

-- Spencer, Gilbert Az (http://www.azwoodshop.com)

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#13 posted 04-13-2009 04:42 PM

I like the simple elegance and sound constuction of the Shakers. Chris Becksvoort is incredible. http://www.chbecksvoort.com/

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