The Method Behind: Adam Rogers of standardmade
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Ever since I first laid eyes on the work of Adam Rogers, I have been a huge fan and admirer. One of my favorite pieces is Table A, the perfect melding of these two materials is simply stunning. I posted about Adam’s modern furniture before but this time we caught up with him to ask [...]
Ever since I first laid eyes on the work of Adam Rogers, I have been a huge fan and admirer. One of my favorite pieces is Table A, the perfect melding of these two materials is simply stunning. I posted about Adam’s modern furniture before but this time we caught up with him to ask a few questions. Make sure to click “READ MORE” to see these pieces of art and read what Adam has to share.
Q: Who is?
Standardmade is a furniture studio I started when relocating to the Portland, Maine area in 2010. I intend to create objects whose properties are modest, but deliberate. I like to refer to this as my attempt to amplify subtlety. Certainly the idea of establishing a harmony of a clean modern aesthetic and the apparent qualities of craft, are never without consideration.
Q: What is your background?
I grew up near Detroit where the idea of making was easy to take for granted. My grandfather instilled in me at a young age the importance of a work ethic accompanied by the ability to create with one’s own hands. This served as a strong foundation early in my career as I worked in architecture and honed my attention to and respect for the details of construction. I then made the commitment to shift scale to concentrate on furniture where the relationship between form and function is more direct and the consideration of details, though fewer, are more significant. I can now better illustrate my intention, my respect for the material, and my deep rooted appreciation for craftsmanship.
Q: What inspires you?
There are some concepts that I consider inspirations. Calm and Beauty. If I could achieve both with simplicity as a vehicle, I’d consider that success.
Q: What is your preferred material to work with?
I work with domestic hardwoods. I am open to incorporating an additional material into a given piece, but only if the success of a piece relies on it. I am trained as a woodworker, and have tremendous respect for its natural, unparalleled character.
Q: What trends are you seeing in furniture design, good or bad
It seems that a respect for quality objects in general, and handmade heirloom quality furniture in specific, continues to heighten. I hope this is true, along with the notion that sustainability becomes part of culture and the respect for natural materials that results is genuine, and not fleeting or fashion alone.
Q: My favorite______is________
My favorite beverage is coffee.