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Functional Forms

Functional Forms

Functional Forms

June/July 2014 issue of American Craft magazine
Author Staff
Twig & Timber birdhouses

Twig & Timber birdhouses; Photo: Matt Walters

Twig & Timber
These minimalist birdhouses are designed and made one at a time by Matt Walters in Seattle. He pieces together each one from eco-friendly materials, such as reclaimed cedar finished with teak oil and low-VOC stains to let the natural grain show through.

Studio KMO
Charlotte, North Carolina-based artist Karen M. O’Leary makes custom, hand-cut maps of cities in the United States and around the world, using just a pencil, an X-Acto blade, and watercolor paper. Original ink drawings of the maps and prints are also available, as are custom maps for cities she hasn’t yet sliced.

James Corporan
This New York City-based glass artist combines elegant forms with colorful cut and polished hand-blown glass. Corporan’s hefty layered bowls are equal parts beauty and function, made to with­stand everyday use.

Husband-and-wife team Robert and Brenda Zurn are the duo behind DAMM. The influence of their Florida surroundings shows in their Terrace lamp, named in honor of the Miami Terrace Reef, with lines and palette inspired by the region’s art deco architecture. It’s made of hand-turned ash painted with enamel and topped with a powder-coated aluminum shade and solid brass finial.

The basic forms of Adrienne Alaimo’s AEA ONE architectural jewelry are produced in nylon on a 3D printer in New York City. Each piece is finished with colored enamel and, occasionally, gemstones, while maintaining the flexibility of nylon. The line complements her other small-batch, handmade jewelry made from more traditional materials.