PRLog - Dec. 14, 2011 - MEDFORD, Ore. -- Hand-made furniture is enjoying a revival, especially in Southern Oregon. The art of furniture making was made famous in the 18th century by Thomas Chippendale. Now, after half a century of fervent mass production, there is a cabinet-making revival.
We are moving away from flimsy, throw-away homeware and hunting out quality and longevity. Ashland is particularly well-blessed with an independent furniture maker, who creates both traditional and contemporary designs along with custom made pieces in wood.
Everything from handmade kitchens, which rival the top manufacturers and are half the price, to beautiful bookcases, tables and cutting boards can be found in workshops that are a long way from the high street both geographically and metaphorically.
The designer, William Olsen, has a passion for fine craftsmanship matched only by his passion for environmental stewardship. Eco-friendly practices are incorporated wherever possible, i.e. using native timbers such as cherry, oak, and maple instead of exotic or endangered species.
William attended the Australian School of Fine Furniture after receiving his design degree from the University of Tasmania. William's education abroad and diverse cultural experiences are reflected in each piece of furniture. For example, many of his creations incorporate the graceful contours and atypical symmetry of Japanese design. His clients are all over the world.
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