Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Furniture I Love: James Murphy Design Edition

I always love it when furniture manages to integrate essential elements of the traditional and the modern so seamlessly that you can't distinguish them from each other. That's what I love about James Murphy's work. Check out his portfolio at

I'm crazy about "Flight Deck," his incredible walnut cocktail table. The movement in the design is a testament to Murphy's training in sculpture. For good reason, this piece won Interior Design Magazine's "Future Furniture" award.

Murphy's work has been featured in tons of design publications and is sold in several galleries. Have a look at some of his brilliant designs:

In the interest of full disclosure, I was fortunate enough to have Jim as a teacher in New York City at the School of Visual Arts. I had been interested in woodworking for years, but that interest became an on-going obsession when I made my first hand plane in Jim's class and used it for the first time. His enthusiasm for the craft of furniture making still inspires me today.

Photos by James Murphy.