September 22, 2017 – January 3, 2018

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The Messler Gallery of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine is pleased to announce an illuminating exhibition of leading-edge, contemporary lighting design in wood. Curated by Christopher Poehlmann, himself an internationally recognized lighting designer, the exhibition explores wood as a medium for expressing light by presenting work of 20 contemporary designers and makers from six countries. “Contemporary Wood Lighting” opened at the Messler Gallery of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine, on Friday, September 22 and continues through Janauary 3, 2018.

The table lamps, wall sconces, floor lamps, chandeliers, uplighting, and pendant lighting on display range from functional products to conceptual sculpture. “It is a thrilling visual experience,” says Messler Gallery Manager Victoria Allport, “to see how each designer responds to the aesthetic opportunities inherent to wood, whether it is the translucence of veneer, the pliability of lamination, or the precision of working with CNC laser cutters.”

International exhibitors in “Contemporary Wood Lighting” include: Donald Baugh (London, England), Showroom Finland (Helsinki, Finland), Obe & Co. Design (Bells Yew Green, England), Cameron Mathieson (Nelson, BC), Duncan Meerding (Hobart, Tasmania), Peter Pierobon (Vancouver, BC), and David Trubridge/wakaNINE (Hawkes Bay, New Zealand). Exhibitors from across the U.S. include: Marta Baumiller (Aquebogue, NY), Garry Knox Bennett (Oakland, CA), Peter Bloch (New London, NH), McCaw/Budsberg Collaborations (Milwaukee, WI), Susan Casey (Philadelphia, PA), Katie Hudnall (Indianapolis, IN), Max Kaplan (Fort Bragg, CA), Laura Mays (Fort Bragg, CA), Julie Morringello (Stonington, ME), Christy Oates (Fennimore, WI), Christopher Poehlmann (Philadelphia, PA), John Procario (Cold Spring, NY), and Klara Varosy (Bergen, NH).

Donald Baugh|London, UK. Trio of Lights, Eclipse Pendant in front, 2017. Walnut, acrylic. 51cm x 35cm x 19cm.

Donald Baugh

Donald Baugh|London, UK. Cone Pendant, 2017. Oak, acrylic. 45cm x 16cm.

Donald Baugh

Donald Baugh|London, UK. Omar Pendant, 2017. Walnut, acrylic. 45cm x 16cm.

Donald Baugh

Marta Baumiller/Lampa|Aquebogue, NY. Ribbon Pendant, 2017. Wood veneer, aluminum, PVC, LEDs. $1,750. 48" x 5.5" x 6".

Marta Baumiller

Gary Knox Bennett|Oakland, CA. Lamp, 2017. Bamboo, wood, lamp parts. $950. 32" x 7" x 7".

Gary Knox Bennett

Peter Bloch|New London, NH. "WoodGlow" Table Lamp, 2017. Aspen lampshade, Banksia seed pod, sugar maple base. $1,500. 26" x 13" x 13".

Peter Bloch

Susan Casey|Philadelphia, PA. Echo Lamp, 2016. Maple, wax, aluminum, paint. $800. 12" x 10" x 6".

Susan Casey

Katie Hudnall|Indianapolis, IN. Spider Leg Lamp, 2017. Found wood, brass, hardware, lamp parts, lacquer, wax. $1,400. 60" x 40" x 24".

Katie Hudnall

Max Kaplan|Fort Bragg, CA. Standing Lamp #3, 2016. European beech, plexiglass, LEDs, hardware. $950. 60" x 24" x 24".

Max Kaplan

Cameron Mathieson/Lightness|Nelson, BC. From the series "Life Forms," 2015. Cedar driftwood, basket reed, Japanese hemp tissue, paper pulp, resins. $1,700. 16" x 60" x 37".

Cameron Mathieson/Lightness

Laura Mays|Fort Bragg, CA. Flare, 2017. Walnut, electrical fittings. $320. 15.25" x 6" x 8.75".

Joel Hokkanen

Duncan Meerding|Hobart, Tasmania. Cracked Log Lamps, 2017. Radiata pine, lighting components. $350 each. 9" x 6" dia.

Duncan Meerding

Julie Morringello|Stonington, ME. California Dreamin', 2017. Scored and folded maple veneer, acrylic paint, electrical components. $2,200. 38" x 22" dia.

Julie Morringello

Christy Oates|Fennimore, WI. Folding Wall Lamp, 2010. Various wood veneers, plywood. $450. 18" x 12".

Christy Oates

Graham Oliver/Obe & Co Design|Bells Yew Green, UK. Weave Lamp, 2017. Oak, rattan. $385. 6.75" x 11.5" dia.

Graham Oliver/Obe & Co Design

Peter Pierobon|Vancouver, BC. Fine Plumb, 2017. Yeloow cedar, LED components. $2,500. 76" x 16" dia.

Peter Pierobon

Christopher Poehlmann|Philadelphia, PA. newGROWTH, 2017. Aluminum, wax patina, LEDs. $4,200. 36" x 36" x 18".

Christopher Poehlmann

John Procario|Cold Spring, NY. Freeform, 2017. Walnut, wax, LEDs. $3,000. 11" x 24" x 20".

John Procario

Showroom Finland|Helsinki, Finland. PILKE 28 Table Lamp, 2017. Birch plywood. Available through 12" x 12" dia.

Showroom Finland

David Trubridge/wakaNINE|Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. Navicula, 2017. Natural bamboo plywood. $6,240. 12" x 57" x 24".

David Trubridge

Klara Varosy|Bergen, NH. Bloom, 2016. Solid oak & oak veneer, plexiglass, leather, brass hardware, magnetic feet, LED bulb. NFS. 9.25" x 12.25" x 15".

Klara Varosy