Monday, August 18, 2008

Furniture I Love: Jeff Miller Edition

I found out about Jeff Miller’s work from his books on woodworking, which are available from the Taunton Press. His collection of furniture is interesting from top to bottom, covering a nice range of chairs, tables and beds. The quality is impeccable. His designs are rooted in the traditional but are equally at home in the modern.

Of all his furniture, my favorite has to be the Arch Table, his signature piece. It seems to capture the confluence of the Industrial Revolution and the Arts and Crafts movement perfectly. That might just be a good definition for the city of Chicago, where Jeff makes his furniture. The table is graceful in its use of the arch and the way the curves support each other. The black resin border in the cherry is a nice touch. This is one of the most beautiful pieces of contemporary furniture I've seen in a long time.

I also love his gorgeous chairs. They look incredibly comfortable.

And since Jeff wrote the book, literally, on beds, here is an example of one of his designs.

If you are lucky enough to be in the Chicago area, Jeff offers workshops in a range of traditional woodworking techniques. See information about his workshops here. See more of Jeff Miller’s work at

Photo of chairs by Tonya Tucka. Photo of bed by Stuart Block.


Matt said...

Jeff not only makes great looking furniture but he's a very personable person and an excellent instructor. I've taken two classes with him and walked away amazed at how well he explained everything.

Not to mention his studio is filled with amazing pieces like you showed.

Anonymous said...

Having worked with him for 7 years, I can second that opinion. Great work, great guy, very comfortable furniture, amazing eye for design.