The Meander Series

My latest collection just sort of wandered into my consciousness one day. I was working on a small sculptural piece titled, "Blue Highway", which was influenced by a book of the same name. The sculpture was a stylized mountain form made from a piece of wood that had been sawed apart and joined back together by a piece of blue glass in the shape of an "S" curve, a "Blue Highway" disappearing into the horizon. The resulting sculpture prompted an interest in the "S" curve itself and the realization that the form of the sculpture could be used as the starting point for designing a line of furniture. It has been and is a fun line to design. (There are still more pieces to design.)


The Dora Series

The influences for the Dora Series are two fold. First there was the intent of designing a line that was softer and more feminine than the Otto series. I was working on a cabinet design that had curved sides when I saw a drawing of a Torii gate and was very much taken with that form. What resulted was a melding of that Eastern influence with my curved forms. I also like the symbolism of the Torii gate, which represents a gateway to the spiritual world.

Dora represents, for me, the culmination of all of the different styles and influences that I have admired over the years. I see bits of the Shakers, Arts and Crafts, and Eastern aesthetic, which all comes together in a line that will work in a variety of styles and settings.

The Dora Series is named for my Grandmother.


The Otto Series

Otto was the first series of furniture that I designed. It is my interpretation of the mission style. My intent was to lighten the look some by adding more curves, decreasing the heft of some of the parts, and using species like cherry and walnut rather than the more traditional oak. I named the series Otto, after my Grandfather who immigrated to this country from Germany in the early part of the 20th century, when the Mission/Arts and Crafts movement was at its height.