Bklyn Designs 2007: Faust Decorative Arts, Platform, Site Specific Design, Sinotique & Palo Samko (again)

Bklyn Designs 2007: Faust Decorative Arts, Platform, Site Specific Design, Sinotique & Palo Samko (again)

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Maxwell Ryan
May 18, 2007
(Welcome to bhgirl, who helped us cover Bklyn Designs last weekend!) "The booth put together by twin brothers Christopher and David Faust of Faust Decorative Arts consisted of a single painted mural, which was a bit intimidating to approach at first. But a flip through their book was rewarding – the pair, who have worked with Thom Felicia and Charlotte Moss, specialize in some astonishing faux paint finishes imitating everything from wood to granite..." "Which strikes me as particularly fitting for our "meta" age – really, what's more haute than an entire library panelled in wood than an entire library painstakingly handpainted to *look* like wood? Christopher (or David - oops! didn't ask) said they take on 2 to 3 such projects a year. www.f2da.com
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Platform Platform displayed some of the show's sleekest, most impeccable pieces, including this china cabinet made of reclaimed Douglas fir. Like many other designs at the show, it was unabashedly urban in its minimalism yet gestured (deferentially or ironically?) toward homelier, more rustic forms - in this case, an Abe Lincoln-style log cabin or Alpine ski lodge. Retailing for $7,800. www.platformfaf.com
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Site Specific Design Site-Specific Design's booth was the first one that caught my eye in Smack Mellon Gallery's portion of Brooklyn Designs 2007. Their fantastical centipede-inspired lighting was probably not to everyone's taste, but I found something appealing about the way they were simultaneously organic and uber-techno. Made from fiberglass and fitted with hand-shaped metal antennae and fluorescent bulbs, the critters are being developed for outdoor use – their natural habitat, perhaps. www.sitespecificdesign.com
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Sinotique Yan Lee of Sinotique's spare, regal tables and stools were all made of reclaimed wood. The tables were repurposed Chinese doors - Yan kept the long wooden bolts on the undersides for a bit of visual and textual (not to mention conversational!) interest - while the stump stools were of African origin and finished in his DUMBO shop. www.Sinotique.com
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Palo Samko Woodworker Palo Samko, based out of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, enjoyed a busy day at his booth on Sunday – and deservedly so, as his pieces were truly breathtaking and one of a kind. His was definitely one of my favorite booths at the show. Among the polished, large-scale pieces, his rosewood credenza was a model of streamlined contemporary simplicity yet showed just a touch of Victorian flair in the turned legs. A coffee table retained a sizable knotty hole original to the wood it was made from. A desk revealed a stunning inlay of hundreds of tiny wooden squares of different grains and colors. Palo explained that he drives around the city reclaiming wood from demolition sites – he sands down the exteriors and, voila, beautiful old rosewood and walnut. It was his way with the intimate and miniature that was most touching, though. I was absolutely entranced by the little circular compartments of the desktop cabinet that, he told me, was the first piece he ever made. How much is it? "Well, I haven't put a price on it yet... but eventually it will be for sale," he said, with more than a hint of wistful sentimentality. Same story with the mini credenza that sat on top of the big one. www.palosamko.com
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