Furniture Designs 1:

 

Here is our completed “Nakabini” table, inspired by the work of Japanese-American designer, GeorgeNakashima and Italian designer, Franco Albini!

George Nakashima developed a practice that, according to his daughter, Mira, features “design and craftsmanship governed by personal connection, active listening, and close collaboration,” where wood, “should not be regarded as an inanimate object to be used only as a material, but another form of life which, with a hand-rubbed oil finish, ‘lives and breathes’.”

 

Franco Albini was more rational in his approach. Wikipedia suggests that “Mr. Albini merged Italian traditional artisanship with new forms of modernism through his contemporary furniture designs.”  Although he used raw, inexpensive materials in his creations, they were always exceedingly well crafted. His designs were both elegant and minimal.

 

Our goal was to merge these two styles by employing a rational, function-driven design process while at the same time respecting the ineffable, organic qualities of the wood and steel that make up the piece.

 

Vince Gillen supplied the beautiful handcrafted oak desktop.  Filip Zagreb at Standard and Custom crafted the elegant steel and Baltic birch ply casework.  Assistance with the project documentation was ably provide by Fisher ARCHitecture intern, Isadora Concha.

Furniture Designs 2:

 

The “Irwin Table”   This piece was designed for the Fisher ARCHitecture designed deck of Steve and Andi Irwin’s Squirrel Hill home.  Craftsman, Vince Gillen, crafted the cherry tabletop you see here from three long boards he milled from fallen trees found in the woods behind his Hanover Township home.

Furniture Designs 3:

 

Here is our completed “Tensegrity table”, inspired by the work of sculptor, Kenneth Snelson and constructed by former Virginia Tech intern, Mark Delissio.

Furniture Designs 4:

 

Here is our completed “Picture Couch”, designed for that special location where the back will be highly visible.

Furniture Designs 5:

 

This is the prototype of what the Fisher ARCHitecture team believes to be the world’s first radiant heated glass chair, (patent pending) Click here for more info!