The Freedom to Become Uncommon | Popular Woodworking Magazine
 In June 2009 #176, Popular Woodworking Magazine Article Index

By Christopher Schwarz
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From the June 2009 issue #176
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For me, learning to design furniture has been a lot like learning to write.

For both disciplines, there are rules that you need to know, such as how to establish rhythm in an arrangement of drawers or in a declarative sentence. Or how to capture the eye and move it around a piece of furniture, or through a narrative.

And with both design and writing, you need to learn the rules so you know when to break them.

That’s why I am pleased to tell you that our first Woodworking in America conference for 2009 will be about furniture design, construction and styles.

This isn’t going to be an artsy affair with people discussing how furniture has a “performative value that can convey something ritualistic, ceremonial or narrative.” While that sort of discussion has its place, it’s just not us.

From the June 2009 issue #176
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