Warner, Geoffrey

Stonington, ME

My inspiration comes from Scandinavian and eastern influences through studying with 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. In 2009 I wanted to design a stool that would allow people to sit comfortably for hours, and Owl Furniture took flight. The holes in the seat relieve pressure on the ischial bones and the ergonomic design supports optimal spinal alignment. Traditional mortice and tenon joinery is used and the seats are polished with hand rubbed tung oil finish in our workshop on a coastal Maine island. After 30 years I feel fortunate that I still draw passion form my trade of working with wood, giving trees a second life and providing healthy benefits to my customers.

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