Monthly Archives: March 2014






Milo Baughman card











Here are a few of his works:

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You can read more about him here and his furniture is still available from Thayer Coggin.



robert embricqs table

Shazam! Robert Van Embricqs’ Rising Table


Here’s how it all went down:

First, I stumbled across Robert van Embricqs’ “Rising Furniture” on Pinterest.  Then I quickly googled his work and proceeded to gasp.  Aloud. I literally even said, “Holy cow!” like I was watching a David Blaine Street Magic special.  This was all kind of awkward because I was riding on the Acela’s Quiet Car [cue the grupmpy businessman sighing and pointing to the Quiet Car sign across the aisle].

Anyhoo–this Van Embricqs is one serious design wizard and he is throwing out some hardcore woodworking magic.  His work is so smart it makes me feel like I should have studied harder in school.  I’ll shut up now and just show you the goods.

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Smarty-pants, Robert Van Embricqs sitting in his amazing creation.

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When you’re not using it–you can flatten it out. I think I’d like to see it with different portions stained different colors. Or perhaps a light wood sheet (birch) mixed with a dark wood sheet (walnut).

re chair drawing

re table drawing


See it all in action here on youtube.








So–I’m back after a long hiatus.  Let’s not make a big deal out of it.

You know what else is back?

Macrame’!  Who knew?

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A few years ago on vacation at the Ace in Palms Springs, I ran across an installation by awesome macrame’ artist, Sally England.  To be totally honest–I wasn’t in Love (with a capital L) with the piece in Palm Springs but it was interesting enough that I wanted to know more about the artist.  So, I got a name from the kindly lady at reception and googled her and then I was in LOVE, glorious love, with Sally England’s work.

Basically, Sally takes macrame’ from being a kooky Bible camp medium and translates it into something modern and fresh.  There is lots of rad stuff on her website but my favorites are these very geometric, repetitive patterns.  So clean.  So crisp–yet handmade feeling.

sally england close up

I like to try to trace one rope with my eyes. Until, I go cross-eyed.

I’ve been trying to figure out what exactly to do with my super-fandom for this.   While I haven’t checked the prices of Ms. England’s stuff–I’m assuming that it is out of my budget at the moment.  Thus, I’ve dug up some online tutorials on knotting that make me think I might be able to DIY something.  The folks at A Beautiful Mess sure make it look easy in their tutorial.

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7 Easy Steps that you repeat a few hundred times.

7 Easy Steps that you repeat a few hundred times.















Hmm… I’m sure it’s like anything else where it’s only scary when you get started.  I might just need to get my nerve up a little while longer before I tackle it.  Look at the potential payoff though!

sally englund ace

Well–hello there, you large scale wall-hanging beauty. Welcome to my imaginary future bedroom.