Tag Archives: Furniture

Inside the royal bed chamber

What went on in Louis XVI’s bedroom? What was the protocol for royal snoring? Who was the one to wake him up? Why was a royal bed so expensive? Why did people invest ridiculous amounts to get a royal bed … Continue reading

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Instruments for Early Music by Today’s Makers… (1978)

Last week somebody put a set of old interior decorating and architecture books in the little free library. Often these books will stay on the shelves of bookstores for a long time. Because after all, who is interested in 40-year-old … Continue reading

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The mind boggling furniture of Abraham and David Roentgen

The works of Abraham (1711-1793) and his son David Roentgen (1743-1807) are a category in itself. Some of the most elaborate furniture ever made. Riddled with hidden features, drawers, mechanics and decorated with over the top marquetry. Even in their … Continue reading

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An original maker: Paul Elkins

This is just so inspiring… Based near Stanwood Washington, polymath Paul Elkins builds bicycles, pedalcars, tiny homes and shelters, boats, furniture. I am partial to the idea that it’s much more satisfying to make something yourself, rather than buying it; … Continue reading

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Rietveld and Mondrian

Sometimes people ask why there are pictures of the works of Rietveld and Mondrian in my workshop. After all I make historical, often ornamented instruments, which have nothing to do with that “modernist crap”… The works of Rietveld and Mondrian … Continue reading

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It’s a WOODEN Chair…

It’s probably one of the most (in)famous pieces of furniture we know. The so called ‘Red-Blue-Chair’, by Gerrit Rietveld. A design classic, a sort of 3D Mondrian in itself. Famous for its modern looks and as a break with design tradition. … Continue reading

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Building without nails

I’ve always loved Japanese craftwork.

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Nakashima woodworking

A beautiful way of working with wood. Every piece of wood indeed has its own character or ‘soul’. It is up to the woodworker to listen to the wood and reveal it. Some logs just don’t want to be a part … Continue reading

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An IKEA-Hack Router Table

How to make your own router table? Simply start with a router and add a table (sorry). I know there are many woodworkers who have an aversion to the Swedish furniture giant, housed in the large blue warehouse. They think … Continue reading

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