Favorite Furnishing Finds: March 2014

With so many fantastic furnishing finds on my radar, it was difficult to decide which to include in this month’s feature. Rather than focus on a particular category, the common thread in this post is that all these pieces are made by hand.

While fine quality can certainly be produced through machinery and mechanization, there is something special about the nature of things finely crafted by the hand of an artist. What follows are some examples that range from modestly simple to richly detailed.

Straw marquetry is typically found in the finest of museum quality antiques. It’s a delicate art that is all but lost. Yet Violeta Galan is producing amazing pieces that stretch the boundaries of the tradition in pieces such as this Tulip I cabinet.

Violeta Galan Cabinet

Violeta Galan Cabinet

 

I have to admit, I don’t often place rocking chairs in my designs.  And yet this example from Lookout Mountain is so beautiful and elegant in its simplicity, it makes me happy to think about where it might find a home.

Lookout Mountain Rocker

Lookout Mountain Rocker

 

Detail of Lookout Mountain Rocker

Detail of Lookout Mountain Rocker

 

I love the use of these hand-thrown porcelain shades suspended in a distinctly modern application.  The result is lovely in this chandelier by Lesley Anton..

Lesley Anton Barnacle Pendant

Lesley Anton Barnacle Pendant

 

With a simple design and modest materials, these stools from Anna Karlin bring an organic charm to modern interiors. All pieces are hand-turned and seats are inlaid with a brass symbol..

Screw Top Stools

Screw Top Stools

 

I love the organic forms of vitreous enamel lily pads, juxtaposed against minimalist hardware to form a functional and luminous work of art from Kiln Design Studio.

Kiln Design Studio Derrick Chandelier

Kiln Design Studio Derrick Chandelier

 

That’s it for now. More great finds to come next month!