The cabinet making business is generally considered quite distinct from furniture, but cabinets have always been part of the mix for me. Typically, cabinets are defined by straight lines and right angles, since that generally makes the best use of space; the functional part of the design task amounts to organizing a rectilinear world. With judicious use of today’s hardware, we can store things so that they’re easy to get at, without stooping or undue effort.

I aim to make cabinets that will look as good in twenty years as they do when they go out the door. This means selecting the right materials and designing for strength, because a well-made piece gains character from the wear and tear of use (for this reason you will not find veneer on an exposed edge in my work). It also means creating designs that people can live with for a long time. Keeping things simple is usually the best tactic, with the necessary parts working together harmoniously.

At the same time, particularly with freestanding pieces, there are opportunities to use space creatively. Unexpected curves – especially asymmetrical ones – or small, unexpected details can create a striking effect and make a useful object into a source of delight.


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