Ohio Craftsmen Display Their Modern Works
A lot of industries have shared moves towards particular styles over the years. The idea of “modern” stylings has been around for decades, since its arrival in the mid-1920s. We have seen it in the car industry without a doubt, but even more so in the furniture world. It all got started with the Bauhaus cabinetmaker Marcel Breuer, whose iconic Wassily chair is still produced today. The popularity of this style has continuously ebbed and flowed, however, with its most noticeable peak in the ’50s with midcentury modern design. Just like there is always a need for an oil change, though, there has always been a supply and demand for modern furniture. The main idea of smart function combined with innovative materials is something that will never truly go out of style, and there is thusly a guaranteed following for such modern design approaches. In recent years, it has become even easier as the big boy retail stores have begun to carry such furniture, making it much more accessible. Let’s take a closer look at our own local modern craftsmen.
Tim Friar is the director of business development for the Columbus industrial-design firm Design Central and the owner of Grid Furnishings in the Short North. For him, “modern” is defined as “the elimination of ornamentation and the exposure of materials.” It was these qualities that he looked to when curating “The Modern Table: Ohio Furniture Designers” for the Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery. With 26 different furniture-makers, the exhibition bridges the art and design divides and proves that modern is still alive and well. For starters, we think the go big or go home approach is in order.
As you can see above, a pile of firewood may not be as it seems. This is the work of Cleveland’s expectation-defying Mark Moskovitz, with his Facecord dresser. By all appearances it is the perfect camouflage, until you open of of its drawers. This would be the perfect dresser to top off a wood cabin or cabin-themed room! Virginia Birchfield of Mount Vernon nails her interpretation of the optical illusion with her Sculpture End Table by combining a hard, solid-steel cube with raw tulipwood wrapped around it. Below, you can see the Maverick Coffee Table by Jacob Dehus of Worthington. It definitely recalls that dorm-room style table of placing a tabletop on crates, but with a much more home-style appeal to it.