Getting Personal: Maine Architects Design Furniture

September 15 – November 20, 2006


Phil Kaplan, A.I.A. & Richard Bernhard, A.I.A.

For this exhibit, fifteen accomplished architects who either practice in Maine or have done significant projects in Maine were invited to design furniture expressive of their personal aesthetics. No limits were placed on materials or degree of functionality.  The result is an eclectic array of original designs expressed in wood, concrete, plastic and steel.

Architects presented napkin sketches of their designs in December of 2005.  Where possible, they commissioned Maine artisans to build their pieces. In many cases, the journey of collaboration became a learning experience for architect and artisan alike, as they explored conflicts and synergies between their approaches to design. For each piece we have provided documentation to show the architect’s original sketches, representative buildings, and reflections on this journey as noted by architects and artisans.

Co-sponsored by:

Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, A.I.A. Maine, Architalx, Portland Society of Architects. Funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.