I recently stumbled upon the sculpture/furniture pieces of designer Michael Coffey. Working with allot of wood layerings and natural shapes, his pieces have a cool, timeless, one of a kind type of style.
Born and raised in New York City, he worked from 1953 to 1972 as a clinical social worker while he self-taught himself in the arts. He first gained recognition in 1978, for his Aphrodite Rocking Chair (above).
Michael goes through the process of handcrafting each piece and as you watch this video below you’ll get a definite sense for his dedication to his craft and the way that he produces. I also found that he’s very good at explaining his feelings, something that’s not prominent in all craftsman. For example, when you go on his blog page, he gives a quick summary of each of his thoughts under the different items that he’s produced. Although the site hasn’t been updated in a fair few years it’s quite timeless in terms of design and he sheds some light on his feelings towards sculpture, furniture, and other big items made out of wood.
Below the fantastic mini documentary that looks in to his life and work and it’s a great watch, he’s such a fascinating person.