Bog oak, buried and submerged in Siberian lakes and swamps, is becoming increasingly trendy material that furniture makers use. Material alone is not enough to make the maker a unique, cutting-edge artist. Shop in Hoboken, owned by two furniture makers, is a shop that does produce such original work with high-degree of craftsmanship. It is as much of a lab as it is a shop, with some ancient machinery standing alongside modern CNC lathes. As a result of their collaboration, their work constantly pushes the boundaries, merging traditional techniques and modern technologies like CAD.
- Tom Newman is a woodworker in New Jersey with more than fifty years of experience, becoming interested in furniture design in the 1970s.
- Newman’s first successful projects were traditional tables for the Howard Kaplan showroom in New York.
- Newman now works in a studio with Vladimir Krasnogorov focusing on projects using Bog Oak.
“There aren’t too many designers-makers who produce cutting edge work which is original, elegant, and visually stunning.”
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