About the Artist

Geoff at work in his Stonington shop

Geoff at work in his Stonington shop

 

My inspiration as a furniture designer began with Scandinavian and eastern influences. These forms were close to my heart many years ago while I was studying with the Danish master, Tage Frid at the Rhode Island School of Design. He taught me to design with practicality, build with integrity and work with efficiency, but most importantly, not to compromise beauty. Over the years I have developed a vocabulary guided by the geometry of nature; the nautilus spiral, a budding flower, or the wing of a crow, and gained a sense of proportion and confidence in applying sculptural forms to my work. I am fortunate in that I still draw passion from this trade of working with wood, using my hands to transform trees and beautiful boards into heirlooms that bring my customers joy.

 

 

 

Tage Frid

Tage Frid

 

In 2009 I embarked on a new design philosophy, with the goal of honoring community, economy and ecology. The Owl Stool was the first  successful  furniture design to encompass the triad and has been enjoyed by both friends and community members. I now offer workshops so customers can have a hand in assembling their own stools . It gives me great satisfaction channeling some of Tage’s mastery on to others as they learn the joy of how a few well executed techniques can bring beauty to wood.

 

Keeping a light heart.

 

 

Today I am actively expanding Owl Furniture as part of my commitment towards engaging with a broader range of customers and responding to our new “altered” economy. My love for designing is satisfied by this and we always have several new designs in the pipeline. You can learn more about this by following our Calendar and our Blog.

 

 

 

Selected Commissions and Works

2011
Further developing Owl Furniture® as strategized by our marketing plan (see 2010, below) Commissions, including assembly and finish of twelve Continuous Arm Chairs.

2010
Developed Owl Stool and workshops, as strategized by a one-year marketing plan (sold over 250 Owl Stools and kits since its 2009 creation).
Designed and completed six live-edge table commissions.
Initiated second-phase restoration of Willow (launch anticipated 2011).

2009
Developed and produced Owl Stool project in alignment with emerging philosophy of smart design and affordability in furniture.
Commissions, included design and production of original chairs and tables.
Initiated first-phase restoration of Willow, a 32’ German-built, classic wooden sailboat.

2008
Designed and built living room sofa, chair and occasional tables, jewelry display cabinets, rotating stools Designer/collaborator furniture and fixtures, Maine Center for Craft, West Gardiner, ME

2006 – 2007
Began employing subcontracted partners to help produce Stonington Furniture Collection designs (using limited production techniques), including music stands, continuous arm dining chairs and library stairs, in a variety of woods.
Designed, contracted and built kitchen addition/furniture for residence, Sedgewick, ME
Designed, built extensive cabinetry,/furnishings for estate, Moosehead Lake, Greenville, ME

2005-2006
Began introducing a new line of furniture – The Stonington Furniture Collection.
Continued designing and building cabinetry/furniture.
Expanded shop by 30%; upgraded major machinery (to service commissions).

2004-2005
Designed, contracted and built kitchen addition and furniture for Caroline Hecker at The Pearson Gallery, Deer Isle, ME

2004
Designed and built 12’ x 10’ solid cherry mobile, inspired by water reflections.

2002-2003
Designed, built and moved into new studio/shop/gallery in Stonington, ME.
Designed and built furniture and cabinetry for the Post residence, Cape Rosier, ME (Robert W. Knight house design).

1988-2004
Completed dozens of furniture and cabinetry commissions for customers throughout US, including tables, chairs, desks, lamps, entertainment centers, stained glass doors, beds, kitchens and a tree house.

1996
Moved to Maine. Built new fine woodworking shop, Deer Isle, ME.

1993-1994
Commissioned by Clodagh Design International to develop, design and build furniture and fixtures for Dana Buchaman stores and showrooms in New York City.

1992-1993
Designed seating for Charlotte, Inc., Belding, MI.
Designed and built furniture for Felissimo, NYC.
Designed and built contemporary post and beam home for my family on Deer Isle, Maine.

1990-1991
Commissions, included permanent pieces, Aidekman Art Center, Tufts University, MA.

1990
Designed and built permanent furniture, Merrin Gallery, Fifth Avenue, NYC.

1984-1988
Commissioned by Louise Fitting Associates, Inc. Designed and built furniture installations at two Trump Tower condominiums in NYC. Designed and built furniture, cabinetry, and circular stairs for other Trump Tower Condominiums.

1987
Commissioned by Pawling Properties Associates. Designed and built furniture for new Ziff Family Estates, Pawling, NY.

1984
Assisted John Dunigan in preparing furniture, Gallery Henoch show, NYC.

1982-1983
Commissioned by various clients. Designed and built furniture, including furniture for the office of the Dean of Architecture and planning, M.I.T., MA – bookcases, file cabinets, receptionist’s desk, conference table and writing desk.

 

Gallery Representation – past and present

Center for Maine Craft, West Gardener, ME
Deer Isle Artists’ Association, Deer Isle, ME
Blue Heron Gallery, Deer Isle, ME
The Cultural Embassy, High Point, NC
Franklin Parrasch Gallery, New York, NY
Harbor Square Gallery, Rockland, ME
Pritam and Eames, East Hampton, NY
Sansar, Washington, DC
Society of Arts & Crafts, Boston, MA

 

Selected Shows

2012
Awarded two blue ribbons for Best New Product Debut & Best in Show for contemporary design at the Fine Furnishings Show in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.

2011
Owl Stool® selected as feature piece, Furniture Society booth, Architectural Digest Home Design Show, NYC.

2008
The Cultural Embassy, opening exhibition of Design Week, High Point, NC
Maine Home, Boat, and Harbor Show, Rockland, ME
Work of the Hand, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, ME

2007
Getting Personal: Maine Architects’ Design Furniture, Portland Museum of Art, ME

2006
New Work by Faculty, Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, Rockport, ME
Getting Personal: Maine Architects’ Design Furniture, Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, Rockport, ME
RISD at Midcoast, Center for Maine Contemporary Arts, Rockport, ME

2005
The Wood Show, The Center for Maine Contemporary Arts, Rockport, ME
Water, The Center for Maine Contemporary Arts, Rockport, ME

2004
Fall Fine Woodworking Exhibition, Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, Rockport, ME
Grand Opening, Geoffrey Warner Studio, Stonington, ME
Group Show at Deer Isle Artists’ Association , Deer Isle, ME

2002
Solo show, Pemetic Gallery, Northeast Harbor, ME
Maine Coast Artists, Rockland, ME

2001
Group Show, Deer Isle Artists’ Association, Deer Isle, ME

1990
Benchmark: Furniture for the Nineties, Gallery Fair, Mendocino, CA

1989
Contemporary Furniture Expressions, Lyman Allyn Art Museum, CT

1988
Lighting and Screens, Sansar, Washington, DC
Delaware Art Museum, DE
Joint Ventures, Workbench Gallery, NY

1987
New Art Forms Exhibit, Chicago, IL

1986
Celebration of American Crafts, Creative Arts Workshop, New Haven, CT

1984
Art of the Rhode Island Designer Craftsman, Newport Art Museum, RI

 

Publications

2007 Boston Globe, Travel section
2006 Ellsworth American, Art and Leisure section
1999 This Old House
1996 Country Living
1995 American Bungalow Home Furniture
1993 Interiors: Style Watch of Colonial Homes, Rhode Island Magazine
1991 Architectural Digest, “AD at Large”
1990 WLNE 6 News, “We Love New England”
1989 Portfolio, American Craft Magazine
1988 Woodshop News, Fine Woodworking, American Craft Magazine
1987 The New York Times, American Craft Magazine
1986 Metropolis, American Craft Magazine

 

Awards And Competitions

2011
Awarded a federally-funded micro-grant/loan for small business expansion by the Town of Stonington, ME $25K

2008
Director’s Award for Jewelry Cabinet, Maine Crafts’ Association, Daniel Kany Gallery, Portland, ME
Design proposal selected for furnishings, Maine Center for Craft, West Gardiner, ME

1986
Artists’ Society, International Nomination

1987
Artists’ Liaison, Santa Monica, CA
Galleries Elect, Los Angeles, CA

 

Teaching

2010-2011
Teacher, Owl® Stool workshops

1988-2008
Apprentices’ Mentor, Geoffrey Warner Studio, ME

2006
Teacher, 5-week multiples’ class, The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, Rockport, ME

2005
Furniture Workshop for Seamark Community Arts, Deer Isle, ME

1996
Lecturer, Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, Rockland, ME

 

Education

1983-1984 Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
Major: Furniture Design
Studied under: Tage Frid – Furniture Design

1972-1975 Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
Major: Photography
Studied under: Harry Callahan