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CLASSIC MEETS MODERN Works by O&G Studio.

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.

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