Our Design Process
Design has always separated the transcendent from the mundane. The finest architecture, from the Parthenon to a white clapboard New England meetinghouse, the greatest examples of cultural icons, and the best furniture all have one thing in common. Design. Design, working hand in hand with craftsmanship, is what makes our furniture pleasing to the eye and gives it comfort and durability. We live and work in a place and a culture that historically has placed a high value on small villages with simple, understated, but well-designed, structures that inform our aesthetic sensibilities. Rather than being bound by these influences, we look for a fit between this tradition and our time. Our furniture speaks of our value for economy and elegance; it is born of an appreciation for what is essential and what endures. Beneath it all, we attempt to bring spirit and humanity to our designs.
Though it's not a strictly ordered process, we generally begin by considering larger and more vague aspects of the design and move through the specifics of function, joinery, construction details and so forth, toward a unification of the piece. Our intention is to create practical furniture that is well conceived and is based upon simple designs that feature the nature of wood. We start with an idea or concept. Those concepts are developed in freehand sketches, then refined in a 3D computer modeling program, and finally with full-scale mock-ups. If it's a new chair we're working on, we need to quickly get one standing, look at it all the way around and sit in it.
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