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.
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.
Ian Hawthorne launched Hawthorne Crafts out of the family garage. Now he is living his dream of crafting some of the world’s finest boxes for an elite international clientele.
Craig Thibodeau’s Hong Kong-based client, an avid collector of puzzle boxes and mechanisms, was inspired by the idea of commissioning a puzzle cabinet. The project brief was for Craig Thibodeau to design the cabinet in his signature studio furniture style: with clean contemporary lines; subtle Asian styling and a nod to the elegant fine-veneering and graceful forms of the early Art Deco period. The piece was to incorporate puzzles and hidden mechanisms. The client, wanting to be delighted and surprised, preferred not to be specific about any of the details, materials or mechanisms.