Furniture Forward
by Joshua / September 20, 2006

On September 8th, the two-day Furniture Forward exhibit opened in Chicago. A select group of furniture designers (most trained at the Chicago Bauhaus at some point) presented works based on a theme of "old skills:new styles". A lot of finely detailed work and clean lines - here are some highlights... Jw

"Tapered Lounge/ Side Table" by Aaron Lacey of Elevation Studios.

"Modular Bookcase" by Heather Trosdahl of Studioproxima.
Heather Trosdalh is committed to designing for the apartment-dweller. Her modular bookcase can stand alone or be stacked safely without additional hardware. Walnut and plexi accentuate the joinery and add a staccato rhythm to the solid edges.

"Log Stools" by Kevin Heisner.

"Interlocking Tables" by Chris Bach of Bach Custom Joinery.
Chris Bach creates "singular furniture", designing one-of-a-kind furniture based on a particular client and a particular location. The Interlocking table/light combination he presented here is thematically architectural (Chicagoans will attribute the lights language to Frank Lloyd Wright) and impeccably detailed, with a base that allows the light to slide away from the table to reveal another potential storage space. Though Bach went to school for music, he was drawn to craft and does all his sketches by hand.

"Interlocking Tables" by Chris Bach close up.

"Bench" by Sandra Capasso.
Sandra Capasso is a member of the Chicago Bauhaus Studios, and her work definitely shows off the functional yet playful style synonymous with the organization. The bench is old-growth Douglas Fir with a mesh inlay encased under plexi.

"MANTAS Table" by Nevin Peters.

"Norden Buffet" by Jonas Wahlstrom of KJW Furniture and Design.
I'm always drawn to concrete work, and the real highlight of Jonas Wahlstrom's Norden Buffet is combination of the solid, simple top with the meticulous bamboo detailing of the doors and edges. Reminiscent of a 50's style buffet, the sliding doors can be reversed to "hide" the handles and present a more solid look.

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