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.
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.
Inlay arts news roundup: Marquetry artist Bastien Chevalier for Parmigiani Fleurier; Rolls Royce bespoke with marquetry by ARYMA; Henrietta Thompson on ARYMA marquetry; mischer’traxler’s The Ephemerā installation for Perrier-Jouët at Design Miami/Basel 2014; a video interview with Katharina Mischer & Thomas Traxler…
Silas Kopf has mastered the art of marquetry and is an accomplished artist and furniture designer-craftsman working from his studio in Easthampton, Massachusetts. Originally from Pennsylvania, he graduated from Princeton University with a degree in architecture. However, realizing that the arts and fine woodworking suited his temperament better, he landed a two year apprenticeship with studio furniture pioneer Wendell Castle. He later encountered the Art Nouveau furniture of Émile Gallé and Louis Majorelle. He decided to master marquetry to create a signature style and establish his niche in the studio furniture field.
Loy Davis Martin custom designs and handcrafts fine furniture pieces that manifest his clients’ aesthetic aspirations and functional needs.