In Part Two I’ll briefly share other transformative elements of our conversation. I especially want to point out how Peter Korn and his school are participating in the present day metamorphosis of furniture design and craftsmanship.
Peter Korn (b. 1951) is the founder and Executive Director of The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine. Silas Kopf recommended that I read Peter Korn’s book Why We Make Things and Why It Matters. Peter is originally from Pennsylvania, attended the University of Pennsylvania, majoring in history. He moved to the New England area and began his career as a furniture designer-craftsman in 1974. His furniture pieces have been exhibited in many American galleries and museums. While working as a staff member at Anderson Ranch in Colorado, he taught alongside Tage Frid, Sam Maloof, Art Carpenter, James Krenov, Alan Peters and other seminal furniture makers of the early studio furniture movement.
Silas Kopf is being acknowledged as an American master with the James Renwick Alliance’s 2015 Master of the Medium Award and his marquetry workshops are in strong demand. Read all about it in this August update…
Laura Meroni’s ambition was to bridge the ancient high-touch craft traditions of her native Brianza with the contemporary international high-style culture of Milan. She successfully launched her new brand, the Laurameroni Design Collection, at Milan’s Salone Internazionale del Mobile in April of 2000.
Tennis supernova Novak Djokovic has been holding aloft a lot of trophies lately. He’s doing Seiko proud as their brand ambassador. He sports an assortment of their activity-specific watches, including his signature limited edition Seiko Astron GPS Solar. Seiko president and CEO Shinji Hattori saw fit to have a bespoke watch box presented to Novak Djokovic in London, where he successfully defended his 4th ATP World Finals crown.