Thursday, February 14, 2008

Furniture I Love: Cindy Vargas Edition

I love when artists mix media and create astonishing effects. Cindy Vargas does this beautifully with furniture that incorporates fabric and paint. In the case of this amazing Mahogany cabinet, she uses hand-dyed silk to create what looks like marquetry at first glance. To see such a unique design executed so well is impressive on many levels – the first is the design of the chest itself, then there are the color choices, then there is the application of the silk. I love pieces that reward you every time you look at them.

Here’s another piece from Vargas’s company, Three Elements Studios. The three-dimensional, painted detail on the Flower Chest is subtle and striking.

With her partner Jochen Scherr, Cindy is also working on a new website dedicated to custom and limited edition music stands. Check out this beautiful padauk music stand for the L.A. Philharmonic in the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Their other furniture, music stands and architectural woodworking are at and