Studio Furniture centers on one of a kind or a small/limited production designed and built by craftspeople in a studio setting as opposed to a hi volume factory.
These pieces have a unique design,elements of functionality, and craftsmanship.
I have a closer association with sculptural elements. It must meet requirements of space, scale, materials, functionality and a personal expression. Starting with preliminary sketches and then fine tuning with the help of feedback and often brainstorming.
A Quick History: ( and my personal icons )
Contemporary studio furniture has deep roots in eastern PA, Wharton Esherick began building furniture for himself and developed quite a cliental. He let the natural imperfections of wood dictate the design. This was in great contrast to the Philadelphia School of Furniture which dictated precise curves and structure.
and then there is Wendell Castle..... One of Sam's most prominent students. He is often credited to be the father of the art furniture movement. His work is sophisticatedly playful and I am star struck!!!
What makes it ART?
Studio furniture follows the same rules as fine art. Color theory, design, proportion and cultural and historic references, beyond that it needs to be functional.
Not Settling, as well as, individuality over mass production is key. It is an opportunity to personalize your living environment. It is about blending artistic, sculptural forms with functionality. Everyone needs a table. Why not one that is perfect in every way and have one that tells a story, has an inspiration and a soul.
Til next time,