Finding one-of-a-kind pieces for clients can be daunting at times and one of the areas of design I like to look to for their fresh approach to design is the American Studio Furniture Movement pioneered by Wendell Castle, George Nakashima, Wharton Esherik and Sam Maloof. A present day heir to this movement is David N. Ebner, who studied under Castle and who has been crafting his own furniture for 50 years.
The American Studio Movement came into being in the 1960s when a segment of the population demanded new and handmade furniture (vs. mass produced). This created a momentum for “formal” training in the applied arts and supported the rise of small studios for producing unique furniture on a minor scale. And it is no joke. David Ebner has produced an average of 30 pieces/year during his half-century career!!!
Based in Long Island, New York, David Ebner’s American Studio Furniture is now being regarded as truly collectible. Just ask the Smithsonian Institution’s National Gallery of Fine Arts in Washington, D.C., who now own one of his pieces in their permanent collection! But what’s really nice about Ebner’s work is that the pieces are also practical… so they perfectly bridge the world of art and design. Take a closer look at the beautiful console and side tables, bronze bench and armchair illustrated today!
The Moderne Gallery in Philadelphia, who represents Ebner and other American Studio Furniture designers, has just inaugurated the artist’s first retrospective and selling exhibition and is showcasing both vintage and contemporary pieces through 30 June. I urge you to drop in and take a look. If you missed the George Nakashima boat, then perhaps you want to consider looking into David N. Ebner. I would hate to say to you in 30 years … “I told you so”!!!
richard rabel: interiors + art
interior design and art advising
new york city
image credits: Moderne Gallery, 111 North 3rd Street, Philadelphia