Furniture or Works of Art?

Tables, chairs, beds,, something I took for granted till I stumbled upon the designs by Hudson Furniture Inc the other day.

The class, design and innovativeness of each piece of furniture in the Hudson line speaks volumes of the aesthetic sense and craftsmanship.

But how does a great design qualify to be on an innovations site?

Birch PedestalBirch PedestalWell, to answer that question, let's look at the Birch Pedestal to start with. Structurally simple, yet innovative. All that has been done is that solid silver birch branches have been cut to the same height and then joined together, either to form a square or a round table. Use it to sit on, as a display corner, or as a end table. It will definitely prove to be a conversation piece.

Coffee TableCoffee TableThe Live Edge Coffee Table caught my fancy next. Solid design with a great finish. The idea of living the edges of the top slab in their natural state creates the ‘live' in the live edge coffee table.

The beds by Hudson deserve a look. Who wouldn't want to drift into a peaceful nights sleep, on such a grand bed? The live edge headboards add to the aura of the beds.

Walnut BedWalnut BedOther furniture like benches, dining tables, lights, chairs and console tables live up to the standard of the company. According to Barlas Baylar, Hudson Furniture Inc. founder and designer, "We put high regard and value on these trees by turning them into pieces of enduring art instead of leaving them out to decay ".

The website of the company explains the philosophy behind the creations thus, "Hudson Furniture Inc . respects the natural forms of trees and inherent grain of wood with well defined organic lines and geometric forms using traditional joinery techniques and hand rubbed oil finishes. All Hudson furniture is available in custom dimensions, custom finishes and a variety of wood species such as Claro Walnut, Black Walnut, Myrtle, Jasmine, Acacia, Satinwood and Ebonized Pine. None of the woods we use are harvested from old growth forests. Our wood slabs are domestically sourced from either salvaged trees or wind/storm damaged trees. The trees have an average life span of 250-300 years. When these trees die, they gradually do so from the crest to the roots. The farmers or the tree owners thus have to remove these trees as they might cause damage to houses, other trees or outlying areas. We integrate various wood species into our designs to produce unique works of art."


Aditi Simlai Tiwari