Pick of the Week: Winter Light

Menorah by Marmol Radziner

By Regina Connell. One of the reasons I love this time of year so much is the candlelight. In addition to bringing light into the darkest season (in the northern hemisphere, at least), it’s a reminder of humanity, of things … Continue reading

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Pick of the Week: A Different Kind of Swilling

Swill Stool

By Regina Connell. Yes, there are terms that don’t show up even in Wikipedia or most of the online dictionaries.  One of those terms is “swilling”—not as in beer or gin. And it has nothing to do with pigs. What … Continue reading

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Demanding excellence: Branden Adams

Shaker Stools, image by Steven Poe

By Regina Connell. Oakland-based furniture designer Branden Adams is one of those guys who should be much better known. Branden is half of a husband and wife duo called BaDesign. Together with his wife Jennifer Ivanovich, BaDesign specializes in the … Continue reading

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Finding the Sweet Spot: John Wiggers

Hand-finishing an  inset walnut finger pull

By Regina Connell. John Wiggers‘s wood work—meticulous, rigorous, luxuriously and sumptuously crafted—is an absolute embodiment of his obstinate sense of integrity and his inability to tolerate BS. And it’s won him commissions throughout the world (currently: desks for executives in … Continue reading