Next generation furniture makers at the ICFF 2013 – Part 1

Visiting the ICFF gave me a chance to meet and talk to many presenters and companies. Still, perhaps  the most rewarding and encouraging conversations that I had were with young makers, especially students of furniture design and woodworking that had recently finished their courses of study in the nation's leading institutions. I was able to do so thanks to a collaboration between the Furniture Society and the organizers of the ICFF who facilitated the showcasing of their work. The Furniture Society's student's exhibit took place in the middle of the ICFF floor and was frequented by many. 

 

Among the presenters was Byron Conn, a recent graduate form RIT who brought with him an impressive bench, named "Bonsai Bench". This furniture is quite a masterpiece of design and craftsmanship.

 

Next time I will show a chair by another student who used an advanced laminating technology to create a splendid seat.

 

 

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Yoav S. Liberman is a woodworker and a teacher. His pieces have been featured in several woodworking books, most recently in Robin Wood’s CORES Recycled. Yoav teaches woodworking at the Rudolf Steiner School in Manhattan, and also frequently guest teaches in craft schools across the country.  Between 2003 and 2011 Yoav  headed the woodworking program at Harvard University's Eliot House. Yoav’s articles have appeared in American Woodworker and Woodwork Magazine. He frequently contributes woodworking web content to a number of digital publications   Yoav has a degree in architecture and later held two competitive residency programs: at The Worcester Center for Crafts in Massachusetts, and the Windgate Foundation Fellowship at Purchase College, New York. He lives in Chestnut Ridge NY.