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Facebook friends- we need your help to determine a winner. Fourteen area furniture makers created a custom piece which features pallet wood from our back dock. Comment below to vote for your favorite piece. Voting ends 4/28 at 5pm. Winners will be announced at the charity event at our showroom this Friday night. Black Hound Design CompanyDavid Hsu Design Zeh's Custom Design FurnitureColorado Barrel DesignsBrian Arbuckle40 North DesignsEthan Hutchinson WoodworkerPrestige Custom Furniture LLCRiggo DesignThomas Brothers WorkshopJames Davis DesignsFine Ideas Furniture Susie RiepleGerspach Handcrafted Woodworks LLC.

Posted by D'Amore Interiors on Monday, April 24, 2017

It's that time of the year again...

Our stores, warehouse and offices are closed until September for a much needed summer sabbatical. Any orders received will not be processed until we reopen. Until then, you can still find some of our products on Amazon.

It's been a pretty full year so far as we expanded our horizons with new materials and finishes. We've just finished "Luigi", which challenged us to make circular shapes larger than the ones for the "Saucer".

And working with live edge slabs of wood for the "Y Side Table" reminded me of the joy and frustrations of working with 1 to 1 drawings, and hybrid woodworking.

Here's me standing over the 1 to 1 drawing of the Y Side Table, making sure the feet is sympathetic to the table top, as well as finalizing the location of the V legs.

Speaking of live edge, we started working with a local store, in Colorado Springs, named Avier. They are currently hosting our Colorado Series, which includes the "Colorado Table", "Aspen Benches", and "Three Pine Tables". These pieces are our first time working with wood native to Colorado and also our first time creating outdoor furniture.

Another project that had been under major development was the "Slats Side Table" and I know there will be continued development as times goes on. Again, there's a departure in material choice, Ambrosia Maple. It works very similarly to hard maple but its natural coloring makes it less modern or, for a lack of a better word, cold. It seems slightly more rustic and perhaps approaches contemporary with the use of a limestone marble top.

Not a bad start to the 2016 year but there will be more to come in the fall. Many thanks to those who supported us through Etsy, Amazon, and of course through this website.

The Colorado Table

The Colorado Table, 2015.

The Colorado Table, 2015.

The Colorado Table has been in the works for about a year. I've done an live edge table project before but have resisted since then because it's so prevalent. There are so many great ideas on how the tables legs should be done that I didn't think there was a need for me to jump in. The Colorado Table, however, was different. I had heard about beatle-kill pine before from a friend at MOLD. She showed me photos of the wood grain and I was hooked.

The problem for me was that I don't usually work with pine. While pine wood is a ubiquitous material to work with in the construction industry, it is not in the fine woodworking segment that I "grew up" with. For one, it gums up woodworking tools and moves unpredictably even after drying and finishing. One day, while browsing through my local lumber yard, I came across this slab and had to have it.

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This beatle-kill pine lab sat in storage for about a year since I brought it back to the shop. I kept puzzling over what I should do with it; which side of the slab should display? Since it came from the Black Forest Fire, the slab's live edge still retained some of the charred remains. What ever I end up with, the other features should not distract from its natural character...

I relented. It was going to be a coffee table and its legs should not visually over power the top. This Colorado Table features a detachable base that can be folded up for transportation. The top's corners around rounded so that accidental bumps would not cause serious injury.

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And, the underside of the table is engraved with the origin of the slab so that we will always remember how it came to be.

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Happy Holidays!

It's that time of the year again; Noola and I found ourselves on a long road trip to see some family via roads we haven't travelled before.

First thing to see was the Big Texan in Amarillo, TX, famous for the 72 oz. steak challenge where one has to finish the extra extra large steak, shrimp cocktail, baked potato, salad, roll and butter, in an hour. The meal is free if the challenger finishes in time, otherwise the meal is USD$72. Amarillo, is also famous to me because one of my best friends who is Texan to the core grew up there.

Noola not being co-operative for the photoshoot in Amarillo, TX

Noola not being co-operative for the photoshoot in Amarillo, TX

Our second must see was the Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery, AL. The monument was designed by Maya Lin, whose work I had considered when I was writing my thesis at Pratt. The use of black-granite expresses the bold gravity of the issue. It hard not to think about the Civil Rights movement these days with the unfortunate incidents involving African Americans and the Police. Driving through Selma, AL with the pending release of Selma also reinforces thoughts.

Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery, AL - inspired by Martin Luther King Jr.: "... until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream."

Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery, AL - inspired by Martin Luther King Jr.: "... until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream."

It's really a sobering moment in the world with all the tension within the US and also all around the world. Hopefully 2015 will be better. Happy holidays everyone, and have a fruitful new year!

-David

Stanchions

Earlier in the fall, a client wanted to replace their stanchions that kept visitors from touching some expensive marble carvings with some thing more minimal and more suitable for their environment. Here are the results!

Hopefully I will have photos of them in its new home soon. The ropes are being fabricated soon.

Hello Colorado!

After packing up three locations, driving 27+ hours, closing on a new home, followed by DIY renovations, we're finally ready to open up our new doors for business! ... sort of... we're still unpacking boxes and we need to renovate the workshop. It's been quite a learning process.

We have also been exploring our new surroundings, enjoying the outdoors and in awe of the breath taking skies. No, really, it's not just the lack of oxygen at 5000+ ft above sea level.

I've found myself just staring at the sky sometimes because the layers of clouds moving at different speeds are so much more noticeable, and sometimes the entire sky turns orange during sunsets. It's simply amazing. The other phenomenon that baffles is the weather. The locals say one can almost set the time by the daily rain. What they didn't say is the accompanying lighting and thunder, which our company dog does not appreciate.

A night at Red Rock Amphitheater with NPR's "Wait Wait Don't Tell Me".

A night at Red Rock Amphitheater with NPR's "Wait Wait Don't Tell Me".

Coloradans love the outdoors and it shows. We really appreciated a fun night at the Red Rock Amphitheater with NPR's "Wait Wait Don't Tell Me". We saw them at Carnegie Hall in New York, but it's a whole other experience at Red Rock. We can't wait to go back and enjoy other outdoor activities Colorado has to offer.

A funny occurrence we've found ourselves in is the fact that we visit our local Lowes store almost every day. From the aisles of sheet rock and insulation, to the appliances and out to their gardening yard, we've probably gotten advice from every Lowes employee. It's a little embarrassing as they are starting to recognize us. This is definitely sometime we're not use to coming from NYC, but I must admit it's kind of nice.

We can’t wait to start working again now that all the departments are at one place. Let’s begin!

Colorado, here we come!

Colorado plains and mountains

Colorado plains and mountains

After almost 15 years living in New York, learning as much as I could about as many topics as I could handle, I am happy to announce that we are moving to Colorado! Starting June 1st, we will close down our offices and workshop and unite them in our new space in the coming days. It is my hope that we will resume business by July 15th. We are sorry we will not be able to fulfill any orders until then.

In the meantime, we just finished developing the KT Media Console. We will start taking orders for these starting August, 2014.

Thank you. -David

What would you do (design) if you could do (design) anything?

A couple of nights ago, I heard segment on Marketplace.org regarding American Industrial Design. It's not often that I hear design stories on a business/economics radio show so this report piqued my attention. It's a two part report:

Part 1: Two obsessed guys and a radical motorcycle design

Part 2: A motorcycle design for the history books

It features JT Nesbitt, designer of Confederate Motocycles (2005), now Lead Designer of Bienville StudiosJim Jacoby, founder of ADMCi - American Design and Master-Craft Initiative, and the Bienville Legacy concept motorcycle.

What attracted me to ADMCi is one of their vision statements:

Celebrate gifted individuals and small teams who achieve levels of aesthetic, technological and commercial success commensurate with large corporations without the smothering effects of inbred corporate structure or manipulation from the financial sector.

though, their other visions are definitely what we need more of in the design industry. I believe it's this kind of thinking that will bring about innovation America needs.

Studio Mak's Cloud Table

Cloud Table, by Studio Maks

Cloud Table, by Studio Maks

One of the pieces of furniture that made me smile is this: Cloud table by Studio Maks, a studio from the Netherlands. It was installed at Ventura Lambrate.

With this 70 m2 table we aim to create a landscape rather than furniture, a social place for people to meet and exchange information. The table exceeds the scale of common furniture design; it creates architectural space. At the same time this light and elegantly crafted table contains integrated media technologies that allow people to connect beyond the physical space; on a virtual scale.

Team: Marieke Kums, Alessia Nociaro, Zsofia Szoke, Gorka Beitia Zarandona

Produced by Friction Factory and supported by Creative Industries Fund NL.

In Milan!

Ok! In Milan this week for its Design Week and I can't help but feel a bit overwhelmed here. It's not just the Salone del Mobile, but also Fuorisalon that involves the whole city. DesignJunction is also here, which I enjoyed a lot during London Design Festival last year.

Setup for Meet My Project is this afternoon, hopefully after that I'll get to roam the town a little more.

I'll try my best in the coming weeks to post interesting projects I find that's bigger than what's appropriate for my Instagram or Pinterest.

This is why I am a furniture designer.

While people say "imitation is the best compliment", as a designer, crafts person, and business person, finding copies of your work out in the world and undercutting your prices is rather distressing. One can argue that the capitalism ideals provides competition there by lowering costs and passing on the savings to the customer but there is so much more than meets the eye.

Yesterday, as I explored the Chelsea area of New York, I found a store displaying many mid-century classic chairs. I just cannot resist sitting in them. This store had "The Chair" aka "The Round One" by Hans J. Wegner. (PP501/503) I sat in it, made myself comfortable, admired the way the transition between the back rest to the arm rest. It's just such a great chair. Then I leaned over and saw the tag. The cost was much lower than what I thought it was, and then I saw the check box that indicated it was a replica. That discovery made me wince. Well, at least the store was honest about it.

Like so many iconic chairs by famous designers, there are imitations out there that to be quite honest, some times I cannot even tell the difference. However, what my summer in Denmark taught me is that there's a story behind all these chairs. A story that goes beyond just how the form came to be. After the design of the form is finished, there are people involved in crafting these chairs from the very beginning, perfecting the process of manufacturing that also adds to the embodiment of the spirit that goes with that chair. Even if the same people evolved the process of making these chairs by automation, innovating with modern technologies, that spirit carries on by way of passing that knowledge from one craftsperson to another.

However, with imitation, that spirit is not easily transferable. It's only with keen observation can one produce a perfect imitation. There's no chain of physical contact from one craftsperson to another and therefore a break in the chain of knowledge, that know-how, that original intent cannot be passed on and therefore an imitation is rather soul-less.

This is why I think it is so important for people buy original things. It's so easy to just look at the economical bottom-line but to truly treasure an object, an artifact, a craft, we need that spirit. It may be the key to a more meaningful life that might actually be more sustainable too.

Please think about this when you find a great deal on a piece of furniture. Do a little bit more research into the story behind the product rather than simply where you can get it for the lowest price; because when you know why or how that piece of work came to be, you'll like it more, you'll want to keep it forever, and you'll want to pass it on to people you love.

Honestly, this is why I am a furniture designer.

 

** oh yea, let's not forget, proceeds from imitation sales do not compensate the original designer who put in the hard work to bring a product to market in the first place. This is especially damaging for fledgling small companies.

some exciting days ahead...

I'm so happy to start prototyping and fabricating again spending so much time on business development and building Peliships. Of course business development never ends but I couldn't wait to get building again. As usual, I can't say or show many details at this point. Here is a photo of a bullet I found yesterday in a board of walnut. Kind of makes me wonder where this tree came from. Did it live among deer and hunters?

Here's a video of walnut flakes as I routed. Wish there was a better way to shoot process photos. Google Glass?

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Falling in love with wood grain...

One of the first things I learned when I took up woodworking many years ago was the difference between the grain faces. Of course, today, I'm still not familiar with all the terms but one thing that I did take away is how beautiful grain patterns can be and how that conveys a "truthfulness" to the craft that is woodworking; and by extension, how taking that element to modern furniture design can cultivate a much more honest and organic feel to an otherwise sometimes "cold" aesthetic.

Note how the grains come together on this Small Walnut Peliship.

Note how the grains come together on this Small Walnut Peliship.

My first prototypes are often made with MDF. It's a great inexpensive way to make mistakes. When my second prototype was made with Maple, I was immediately mesmerized by how the grains looked. As I prototyped more, cutting each facet revealed patterns like no other, which is why each Peliship is unique even though the basic idea is the same.

I thought I was the only one that appreciated this organic effect until I met one of the craftsmen who is helping me with the next batch. We ogled over a large maple Peliship for a good 10 minutes the other day. To be quite honest, this idea isn't new. The first hint I had of this was when I worked with white oak. If you ever get a chance. Look at a piece of flat sawn white oak and compare it to rift sawn and then quarter-sawn. I much prefer working with rift and quarter-sawn as it gives furniture a much more modern look. Perhaps it's just my perception of the style but flat sawn is so often seen on older furniture or interior decor. Sapele too has very interesting grain patterns between the sawing techniques.

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Carol Goebel - "House" @ Ceres Gallery

Carol Goebel - House - Ceramic Sculpture - Information Card

Carol Goebel - House - Ceramic Sculpture - Information Card

Last night, we had the pleasure of attending Carol Goebel's new ceramic sculpture exhibition at Ceres Gallery. We first met Carol at the American Fine Art Show in November 2013, which was held at the Brooklyn Museum with Elkamii. She had told us about her upcoming exhibition so we were thrilled to get an invite. Here are some of her work displayed on our Peliships!

Please go see her work in person as photos just don't do her work justice. Thank you Carol!

For more information on Carol Goebel, please visit: http://www.ceresgallery.org/goebel.html

For more information on the event, please go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/588463924533274/