The Economy of Good Furniture

I was flipping through a first edition on the a shelf in a private library full of extraordinary first editions and stumbled on this, excerpted from “The farmer’s and mechanic’s practical architect; and guide in rural economy” (Hammond, James H., 1858); photo snapped from the book:

Chris Schwarz has been thinking about (and as I understand it, will be writing a book on) what furniture forms/ styles/themes are timeless and which are just ‘fashion’ (read his latest reflection, especially interesting are the comments on this post).  I’m interested to hear from all of you:

  • Why do YOU want timeless furniture and not disposable ‘contemporary’ furniture.
  • If you’re a maker, what do you do to make your pieces the matter of ‘study and reflection’ for the client?

About Nick

Nick Roulleau is founder, craftsman, designer, joiner, finisher, floor-sweep and all of the other roles at Mansfield Fine Furniture. A woodworker for more than a decade, Nick started the company with the goal of filling the need for heirloom-quality furniture hand-made from premium woods. Every piece is designed to suit the customer's needs and desires, hand-picking each piece of wood, and built one piece at a time, using both modern and centuries-old traditional methods to yield furniture to last for generations.
  • Christopher Hawkins

    Thank you for bringing these insightful words to our attention

  • Randy Glissmann

    Before TVs and the internet, entertaining at one’s home was important. Cars and clothes are still fashion statements but unfortunately owning fine furniture isn’t. At some point, people will again appreciate the works of craftsmen. But I’m amazed how well CNC machines are doing in emulating the works of humans.

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