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.