7 Furniture Makers You Should Know
David Rasmussen, David Rasmussen Design, Carbondale
Rasmussen’s admiration for green design and his desire to incorporate sustainable and recycled materials into his work led him to Carbondale in 2007. His furniture reflects the graceful lines he observes in nature and the forms of Asian, Danish and contemporary furniture. Rasmussen’s also partnered with Green Line Architects to create funky, one-of-a-kind tree houses, and he’s recently teamed up with local artist Amee Hinkley to craft this exquisite table, called Lego. Davidrasmussendesign.com.
Brian Hubel, Hubel Handcrafted Interiors, Colorado Springs
Hubel imagines everything from clocks to cornices. With clean lines and subtle curves, he believes design should be "simple and tight." His often Asian-inspired aesthetic results in streamlined, functional pieces with contemporary appeal. Aside from commissions and custom designs, Hubel also works closely with architects and interior designers to envision built-in furniture and architectural elements. Baker Table pictured right. Hubelhi.com.
Scott Bennett, Housefish, Denver
The brainchild of former Indy 500 auto engineer Scott Bennett, this Denver-based design studio has made its mission to produce innovative modern furniture that remains affordable and environmentally friendly. (Even the packaging is 100-percent compostable!) Housefish’s signature Key collection comes flat-packed, but Bennett promises it’s “ridiculously easy to assemble.” Key Modular Storage pictured left. Housefish.com.
Pat Morrow, Trail Mix Studio, Evergreen
Trail Mix Studio is a one-woman operation based out of Morrow’s Evergreen home. Focusing on proportion, line, wood and color, her pieces are known for their exquisite carving and contours (Henry Table, pictured right). Morrow takes special care to ensure that each piece is styled not to her own aesthetic, but to the particular environment in which the furniture will live. Trailmixstudio.com.
Roy Kennedy, Roy Kennedy Woodworks, Denver
Kennedy describes furniture making as “chaotic.” His pieces bend and twist wood to their limits, creating lines and shapes that have constant movement and vibrancy to them. Kennedy crafts custom furniture and cabinetry, and often works with interior designers and architects to help them realize their designs. Retro Lounger pictured left. Kennedywoodworks.com.
Dan Sjogren, Sjotime Industries, Denver
After leaving behind the world of corporate graphic design, Dan Sjogren (say it like “show-gren”) tapped into an inner desire to build and construct. Pairing that with his mastery of the CNC—a computer numerically controlled routing machine that orchestrates the distinctive cutouts in his pieces—and Sjotime Industries was born. Funky modernism meets retro design in simple, sleek pieces (like the Stitch Lounge Chair and Ottoman, right). Sjotime.com.
Blase Mathern Jr., Wellington
Mathern’s pieces are a beautiful marriage of form and function, and they’re rooted in architectural elements and intricate details. The results are sleek, elegant, one-of-a-kind pieces sculpted to luscious perfection. The Angel Writing Desk and Chair pictured left. Blasemathernjr.com.