Given the dramatic nature of her work, it's no surprise that furniture maven Marsia Holzer was a costume designer in her first life, creating garb for Broadway shows like Hair and the musical tours of The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen and more. Ever committed to using salvaged woods from fallen trees and recycled metals, Holzer offers a peek at her latest collection, which was inspired by the Art of the Samurai: Japanese Arms and Armor exhibit at The Met.
Holzer runs her studio from downtown NYC and has crafted her brand around organic forms rendered in reclaimed or recycled materials, using salvaged woods to complement bronze, steel and glass in furniture in a variety of arboreal shapes. For her current collection, Holzer found inspiration in very fine materials, from intricate chain maille armor made and worn by Japanese Samurai to crumpled washi paper, a durable, recycled substance used, in this instance, to make lamp shades.
Salvaged woods include English elm, quancaste, walnut, figured maple, spalted maple, sycamore and wenge mood; recycled bronze, nickel, stainless steel, recycled aluminum wire and mica introduce sleek metals into the equation. Pieces such as the Bird's Nest pendant and the Agalia dining table (shown) recall Holzer's personal connection to nature—examining the natural curves of a flitch is all in a day's work for the designer who proves, yet again, that a little drama can be a very good thing.