It's easy to be carried away when choosing modern furniture: you may end up with very artistic, beautiful pieces with no functionality at all. Fortunately, designers like Dylan Gold make functional yet very elegant furniture, suitable for every home or office.
Simple, functional and beautifulMartha Taylor-Brown ▼ Saturday February 27, 2010 5:01PM ET
Dylan Gold creates hand-crafted furniture with a soul, pieces that enhance the experience of everyday life by challenging the conventional. His work is guided by three principles: thought-provoking design, precision craftsmanship, and environmental awareness.
The foundation for this outlook was laid early. As a child in San Diego, he excelled in the arts. His mother, a master of drawing, brushwork, and glass, fed this initial love with endless supplies, classes, and instruction, fostering a style and design methodology that permeate his work today.
After receiving a BA in Applied Art and Design from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, he went to work as a graphic designer in the software industry. After several years in the corporate world he realized that his creative drive was not satisfied by commercial art. In his free time he sketched furniture designs. He had a seemingly endless stream of ideas, which he started producing in his living room and in a shared shop space in San Francisco.
Finally, his day job proved too much. Gold packed up and enrolled in a program to study furniture design with the old masters on a tiny Swedish island. After that, he travelled throughout Northern Europe, Eastern Europe, and Africa soaking up design techniques as well as inspiration from new cultures.
The result? A return to the U.S. with a renewed focus on his goal: to create beautiful furniture pieces that take a refreshing look at the everyday objects that make up our living environment. With each piece, he strives to prove that functional pieces can be pushed beyond what you expect into the realm of the artistic and thought-provoking.
"Twisted" is a console table, a wall mounted display cabinet, and a vertical bookshelf. Four in-line boxes frame the twisted one, creating a subtle focal point. The box in question is offset on 3 different axes, perfectly intersecting the adjacent cubes, defying convention. Specifically designed to add just enough chaos to your all-too-regimented world.
"Cornered" is another fine example of a great design. It values clean surface area yet holds a place for your favourite few books or magazines. It's just your average coffee table with one leg constructed as a cross-section of a rotated cube that embodies the inherent function of all coffee tables. Nice and easy. ■