This couple bond over small furniture however delight in time apart, too


Tiny houses are stylish. Tiny furniture? To Linda LaRoche and James Hastrich, the craft has never waned.

Behind the exterior of their inviting home, in a wooded enclave in Kennebunk, a world of small wonders unfolds. Both residents make meticulously accurate reproductions of traditionally substantial furniture: 1- to 2-inch scale hand-painted Shaker boxes, elaborate chests, ball-and-claw-foot tables and chairs are made in miniature.


Together for nearly 20 years, Hastrich and LaRoche share a love of clean lines, American furniture and dovetail joints.

We hit if off quite rapidly because our lifestyles were so comparable, said Hastrich, who fell in love with the details of her William and Mary chest he checked at a furniture program in Boston nearly 40 years back. I thought, kid that lady sure does make some damn great dovetails.



RISD's Furniture Exhibit Checks the Limitations of Soft Materials


Student work is always something we anticipate during New York Design Week for its unapologetic desire to explore the depths of product and conceptual possibility in design. One excellent example of the appealing investigations coming out of academic programs will quickly be on display screen at ICFF, Rhode Island School of Design's exhibition of student work produced for their Narrative of Making furniture and course contemporary dining tables.


Run by RISD furniture design professor Lothar Windels, this course was a guinea pig of sorts to test the chances for cross-disciplinary operate in an academic setting. Putting together students from the furniture design and textile programs, the course aimed to see how concepts might be pressed even more when students with various proficiency worked together to produce something. Students were partnered and asked to review how soft products are utilized in furniture design instead of conventionally upholstering difficult structures with fabrics, the course challenged students to rather investigate and utilize inherent qualities of these soft materials through making use of weaving, knitting, knotting or crocheting.



Ikea Opposition Greycork Broadens Flatpack Furniture Offering


One night about 9 months back, the charter member of the then two-year old furniture startup Greycork were holed up in their unpleasant live-work loft apartment or condo, watching their Indiegogo campaign soar to over $270,000 in financing in the final hours. Exactly what did they have to offer? A minimalist ashwood sofa, its matching chaise, and the pledge of basic furniture that's high quality, easy to assemble, and budget-friendly simultaneously.


Fast forward to last month, Greycork was a Forbes 30 under 30 honor making its launching at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York City, the largest design fair in North America. With its little but well-equipped booth, the company appeared to be stating to its market peers (a number of which have been around for years): We're not just a web crowdfunding job, we're here to stay.


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