September 25, 2015 - January 6, 2016
“Contemporary Wood Design,” a national exhibition showcasing a new generation of furniture makers, is open to the public at the Messler Gallery through January 6, 2016.
The exhibition was co-curated by Diana Budds, formerly senior editor at Dwell, and Asher Dunn, founder of StudioDunn in Providence, RI. A young furniture designer himself, Dunn notes that success today requires an arsenal of skills in addition to craftsmanship. “You have to stay on top of continually changing disciplines and trends in design, entrepreneurship, marketing, sales, and much more.”
“Every generation brings fresh perspectives to the fabrication of the shared world,” says Center director Peter Korn. “The aesthetics, materials, methods of production, and intended audiences in “Contemporary Wood Design” reveal a greater sense of social connection and an engagement with commerce that would have been foreign to most craftspeople of my era.”
Designers represented in “Contemporary Wood Design” include: Chelsea Miller Knives (Brooklyn, NY), Christopher Specce (Providence, RI), Egg Collective (New York, NY), Fort Makers - designer Noah James Spencer (Brooklyn, NY), Fredericks & Mae (Brooklyn, NY), Grain Design (Bainbridge Island, WA), Heidi Earnshaw Design (Toronto, ON), Herman Miller - designer Leon Ransmeier (Zeeland, MI), Ian Stell (New York, NY), Jason Miller Studio (Brooklyn, NY), Michael Robbins (Germantown, NY), Moving Mountains (Brooklyn, NY), Pat Kim Designs (Brooklyn, NY), Phloem Studio (Portland, OR), Studio McKenzie-Veal (Chicago, IL), Such and Such (Cincinnati, OH), Vonnegut/Kraft (Brooklyn, NY), Woodsport (Minneapolis, MN), and Workstead (Brooklyn, NY).
January 22 - April 6, 2016
Maine Wood is a juried, biennial exhibition designed to showcase the breadth, creativity, and excellence of Maine’s woodworking community. For 2016 the Center received 90 submissions from 45 Maine artists and artisans. “This is our fifth biennial,” says Peter Korn, Executive Director of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, “and it’s exciting to see a significant number of first-time exhibitors among the tried-and-true makers.”
Maine organizations co-sponsoring Maine Wood 2016 are the Kennebec Valley Woodworkers Association, Maine Crafts Association, Maine Woodturners, and Maine Woodworkers Association. The corporate sponsor is Bangor Savings Bank. The media sponsor is Maine Home + Design.
Approximately $2,400 in prizes donated by corporate sponsors were awarded at the opening reception. They included $300 gift certificates from DMT Diamond Whetstones for ‘Best Original Design’; from Fat Andy’s Hardwoods for ‘Outstanding Craftsmanship’; from Lie-Nielsen Toolworks for ‘Jurors’ Best in Show’; from Maine Coast Lumber for ‘Best New Maker’; from Packard Woodworks for ‘Best Turned Object’; from Rare Woods for ‘Best Use of Wood’; and from Woodcraft of Newington for ‘Best in Furniture.’ There was also a $300 cash prize from Holt & Bugbee for the ‘People’s Choice’ award. Click here to view a complete list of prizes and award winners.
Jurors for this year’s biennial were Peter Fleming, Head of Furniture at the Sheridan College Bachelor of Craft and Design Program in Toronto; Matthew Kenney, Senior Editor at Fine Woodworking; and Emily Zilber, curator at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.