Fans describe work from the Guild of Vermont Furniture Makers as classic and timeless. The wood is beautiful, construction sound, and shapes and styles rise from familiar vernaculars. You can drop a shaker console into a modern flat or colonial home without flinching. But, trends are fun! They offer a fresh perspective and a chance to venture outside of one’s comfort zone. While we’re probably the last group that you’d call trendy, we were pleasantly surprised to collect a few recent works that fit right in with what’s happening this fall.
Hair On Hide-Inspired Textiles
A centerpiece table from Dan Mosheim | Dorset Custom Furniture nails the classic Parsons form but with an interesting twist. Custom crafted for a client in New Orleans, this one is covered in Shagreen. Like pieces upholstered with natural hair-on-hide, it offers an organic, dynamic and multi-textured finish.
Chinese Influenced Designs
Art Deco Inspired Furniture and Accessories
Plainfield craftsman David Boynton loves Art Deco, and we love this dressing screen he designed for a long-time client. Colored lacquer and mirrored, beautifully imagine and elegant.
Crossing the bridge between Art Deco and totally decadent, a curly maple and bubinga entryway bench from Dorset Custom Furniture features a fine palladium inlay and gold leaf base. Ignites the imagination.
Warm Metal Accents
It can’t get any warmer than this hand-carved, gilt mirror from Chip Ogg. Chip tells us that the piece sold while on display at the State House this fall; his contribution to the exhibit, “Handcrafted Vermont.”
From ShackletonThomas, a cocktail cabinet to set the bar. Book-matched panels and inset hand-turned knobs on door and drawers accented with 23kt gold gilding. Just a hint of what this piece can do…
Who can refuse a handsome cut of marble? Italian, Grecian, Danby Imperial. A few of our makers have a penchant for a less common but unequivocally striking stone called Vermont Verde. On the left, an Arts & Crafts coffee table from Bob Gasperetti, cherry with a marble inlay. On the right, an accent table from David Hurwitz with his signature taffy legs and a dramatic Verde top.
And finally, Bringing the Outside In
As we cruised through various style blogs, ‘bringing the outside in’ kept popping up. Chris Ericson’s work comes to mind, with his native woods and branch details. And Kit Clark’s tables, too, with their organic forms, photo’d below in his shop, ready to ship.
Handcrafted wood furniture, with its shimmering grains and solid form, brings a grounded element to any interior space. While trends don’t appeal to everyone, they’re certainly fun to explore. The basics will always be there. Nice to know in the realm of studio furniture, anything is possible. And the design and craftsmanship is dependable, something you can always count on. You can’t beat that; sky’s the limit with a lifetime guarantee.
We encourage you to have a look and consider a handcrafted furniture piece as your next investment. Happiness follows.
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