“A deal door is beautiful, but it will not keep clean; let it then be varnished. It is now preserved, and its own characteristic features are enhanced by the varnish, so that its individuality is emphasized, and no untruth told.”

– Christopher Dresser, Principles of Decorative Design, Fourth Edition


Hurricane Sandy Library Bench (2016)



A couple of years ago, at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair at the Javits Center in New York, we saw an upholstered sofa that had bookshelves built into its back. Though we didn’t think much of the design and execution of the piece, we sure liked the concept. We’ve created our “library bench” from lumber salvaged from the wreckage of the storm on our little island.