Brooklyn, New York is the east coast’s artisanal nirvana, and it’s where you’ll find Kate Casey, a woodworker taking advantage of the borough’s sense of community.
Casey’s consumer base is dedicated, patient and no stranger to good design. And while her painstakingly produced timber products are undoubtedly beautiful to look at, the innate practicality is the real draw. From smaller stools to large benches – each element tended by hand – the blurred lines of furniture and art loom large.
Casey’s also working in a traditionally male-dominated environment, but there’s no hint of hesitation in her work that would suggest she’s playing it safe. Each piece is made with care, originality, and undeniable skill. Her influences are varied, and range from Danish cord weaving to Peruvian textile weaving, crochet and macrame. Casey doesn’t come from a furniture background; rather, her start was in sculpture, which comes as no surprise as you take in the form and details of each piece. ‘It was a parallel lane shift,’ she said of the transition. Her pieces are the result of ‘chopping things up and putting it back together, an unexpected subtraction’ that acts as physical evidence of her passion for problem solving in design.
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