Whip-smart and zestfully passionate, Asher Dunn is a treasure to have on campus. The young industrial designer has gained international recognition for his firm Studio Dunn, where he and his team create beautiful, sustainable furniture, lighting, and household objects. As the guest instructor for the "multiples" section of the Nine-month Comprehensive, Asher is working with students to develop production oriented objects, from desk lamps to bar stools to boxes; he's guiding the students through the procedure of refining a product through multiple design iterations and explorations of material and process. To top it all off, he's been generous enough to take over the school's Instagram account, sharing the many killer photographs he's captured around campus. Here are just a few of the wonderful pictures he's snapped. To see them all, please follow us on Instagram @woodschoolmaine, and while you're at it, follow Asher's design firm @studiodunn!
Now in their final week, the Twelve-week Intensive students are eager to make as much progress as possible on their curvature projects. After extensive demonstrations on steam bending, lamination bending, and veneering, a final wave of energy has taken over the shop as the students incorporate these complex building techniques into their work. The positive attitude and tireless work ethic of this group of students permeated throughout campus over the last three months. We will miss them, but we're also excited to see where they go from here!
“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.
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.”
Although it's Christmas vacation week, a few students from both the Nine-month Comprehensive and the Twelve-week Intensive are in the shop, working hard to finish their casepiece projects over the holiday. The only requirement for the project is to include at least one door and one drawer, essential skills for a furniture maker. This project allows students to push their design skills, and start to develop their personal aesthetics. Simultaneously, it tests their understanding of construction and their discipline in technical execution.