Through September 1, Craftland (235 Westminster St, Providence), one of the holy sites of the handcraft movement, is featuring the furniture of O&G Studio of Warren. Founded in 2009 by jewelry designer Jonathan Glatt and interior architect and theatrical set designer Sara Ossana, who met in a 2003 RISD furniture class, O&G produces "modern home furnishings with old soul."

What that means is crisp, classic Yankee colonial wooden chairs, stools, tables, and mirrors in bright "turmeric, persimmon, and cyan" hues or dark blue or black stains that bring out the swirling wood grain. But O&G often stretch the traditional forms, making chair backs seemingly taller or the seats wider than usual. This emphasizes the grace of their spindle construction, while also giving them an odd duck humor.

An example of that humor is Point Street Bench, which mounts three elegant colonial wooden spindle-backed chairs on a basic horizontal floor support that recalls the supports of benches in midcentury modern airport waiting rooms or bowling alleys. The familiarity of the designs makes them seem homey, while the subtle shifts keep the forms fresh.

Read Greg Cook's blog at

< prev  1  |  2  | 
  Topics: Museum And Gallery , fantasy, science, Craftland,  More more >
| More

Most Popular
Share this entry with Delicious
  •   EVOLVING PERSPECTIVES  |  July 23, 2014
    Somewhere around the 1950s, Florence Leif drastically changed her style.
  •   DOODLES, LIGHTS, AND DREAMS  |  July 16, 2014
    Gibson Prouty has found a muse — classic yellow pencils with pink erasers on the end.
  •   SEEING ANEW  |  July 09, 2014
    The aim of the RISD Museum’s eight newly renovated galleries for its permanent collection of fashion and Egyptian and Asian art seems to be “quiet contemplation.”
  •   BRIGHTNESS AND DARKNESS  |  June 25, 2014
    Constellations of mirror ball clouds dangle from the ceiling on pink cords at the center of the room and slowly rotate and sparkle. You’re invited to peer though weird, lumpy crystal-telescope-things.
  •   FIGHTING THE POWER  |  June 18, 2014
    It was around 1983 when Providence artist James Montford and a friend posed as photographers to check out the Ku Klux Klan rally in Norwalk, Connecticut.

 See all articles by: GREG COOK