New York’s furniture fair 2013 – part 2

Walnut seems to be the predominant wood used by designers these days. Take for example these pieces by Don Howell from Brooklyn NY who sell them via CAVIAR 20 gallery, in Toronto Canada.


Another walnut piece by Howell that I liked was this coffee table with retractible tambor doors. 

Some of the most intriguing furniture that I saw at the ICFF are wooden pieces covered with a concrete-shell by Swiss-American furniture maker Patrick Weder. Weder, now a Brooklynite, developed a formula for a smooth concrete skin that can be applied directly on wood surfaces. The thin (about a 3/8" thick) skin can expand and contract with the wood without cracking. 


Fabulous concrete exterior and quality craftsmanship of the interior makes this case of drawers one of the highights of the show. 

New Colony Furniture is yet another design studio based in Brooklyn, NY. Founder Annie Evelyn showed a line of chairs with segmented seat and back made from end-grain, metal or naturally looking broken concrete skin. These tiles are glued to a soft foam base that give and deform to the shape of one's rear end.  It is quite an interesting experience I must say. 

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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.