Kent Welsh runs Griffin Modern Furniture & Design, a custom production shop based in West Des Moines, Iowa. I was struck by the unique aesthetic of his pieces:
The form factors are Mid Century Modern-ish, but the aesthetic is a cross between steampunk and military, with a dash of Cold-War-era Communism.
If you're thinking of setting up your own furniture design/build shop, there's a couple things you can learn from Welsh. One is that he's got fantastic photography.
Two is the practice he follows after a customer orders a piece: "I typically send a daily log with photos of your piece as it's being built," Welsh writes. "This seems to be very popular."
You can check out more of his finished pieces here, and he's got a gallery of process shots here.
Rain Noe is a writer and industrial designer based in New York City.
Not sure how you found me but thank you for the nice write up.
Ohhhh, i would love to see his take on a Roubo Bench.
It's more dieselpunk than steampunk, I think.
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