Boulder Furniture Arts
IT IS OUR MISSION TO SPARK SATISFACTION – TO CREATE BEAUTIFUL, ENDURING FURNITURE BY HEEDING NATURE’S SIGNALS, TO FORWARD A MORE SUSTAINABLE WORLD. IN A DELIBERATE AND PERSONAL PROCESS, WE SEEK TO DEFINE NEW BALANCE IN THE MEANINGFUL OBJECT.
A Q&A with Hannah of Boulder Furniture Arts
Where did you grow up?
I was born and raised in Concord, MA, and fled the colonial boxes for Toronto, Canada to double major in Fine Art History and Political Science. Straight from there I moved to Boulder... for the summer. That was 2011.
At what point in your life did you decide to pursue a creative path?
The natural forest has always been literal magic to me. Descended from the Atkinson Box & Lumber company in Pennsylvania, I thought everyone knew solid Cherry. My mother raised me next to a wildlife refuge, listening to Exodus on vinyl and learning to freehand shade a la Frank Lloyd Wright. Making furniture in Boulder was inevitable.
Are you self taught? Did you learn from a mentor?
I dove into the academic idea of “home” - anthropology and cognitive science. I have always had fervent opinions about the effect color palettes and rooflines have on happiness. A conservatorship at the Royal Ontario Museum solidified my respect for wood (no pun intended), and formal education in art history gave me background that helps clients understand why they like what they like. Most importantly I owe so much to BFA’s incredible craftsmen and women, who have been making for decades, and whose expertise is enough to sit you down and listen.
Do you have a favorite piece you’ve made?
My favorite projects are the most personal ones. Too few clients take advantage of easily added details that make a piece a personal heirloom. A slab of Walnut from George Nakashima, in a family since the 50’s, was finally, gingerly finished like George would have done. Clearance under a bed for Walter to hide during storms. Dining tables that represents your family: species from your origins, outfitted for the way you use space, with very subtle turquoise inlay - Boulder jewelry.
It's the weekend. What do you see yourself doing?
Lee and I are both from he East Coast, so we love finding Colorado’s big trees and bodies of water. Stop at Lolita’s before heading up the canyon with the pup to wherever we can’t get cell service, a late sandwich from Le French Cafe (before they close at 3!), an inevitable stop at McGuckins (between professional and personal, we’re there almost daily), followed by a little gardening and what we call “porch life”. We are the weirdos that enjoy each other’s company so much that we talk for hours just sitting on our porch swing, listening to the Dead (we hear Folsom from home) and sipping Mexican beer.
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