Friday Oct 7, 2016
Santa Fe, NM 87505
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Designers Eric Haskins, Damian Pascetti, Matt Long, Kristin Bonkemeyer, Scott Ernst and Yuki Murata showcase handmade furniture items made from wood, steel and various materials. Runs through 10/31.
Fine Contemporary Residential & Commercial Furniture, Lighting & Table Top
Molecule is holding an event to support and showcase some of the finest local craftsmanship in New Mexico this October. Designers will include:
Eric Haskins is an Albuquerque architect, designer, and maker who creates objects that explore environmental sustainability and the perceived value of materials. A furniture maker since childhood, he has recently teamed up with industry to produce his chair designs. An outdoor seating area of his rammed earth chairs (made in collaboration with UNM's Architecture Department students and staff) and terra cotta chairs (made by a company in Ohio) has been installed at the Anderson-Abruzzo Balloon Museum in Albuquerque.
Damian Pascetti owns Pascetti Steel, a family-owned and operated company in Albuquerque that designs and creates custom, high quality, contemporary commercial and residential steel furniture, lighting and décor, all locally handmade. Pascetti's materials are welded steel, stainless steel and glass along with many types of reclaimed materials and is comfortable working within large spaces, fabricating bold, grand forms. His work includes unique coffee tables, lighting fixtures, fabrication of commercial entry structures and railings. His projects have included a State of New Mexico Bridge Railing, custom aluminum railings at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, and many custom functional objects.
Mat Long of HoCo Fabrication, a company that grew out of a desire to merge heirloom quality hardwood with a fresh, contemporary look, sourcing each piece of hardwood sustainably through an Amish craftsman of exceptional talent. Mat holds a B.F.A. in Sculpture. Born and raised in New England and Philadelphia, he was familiar with the Amish furniture-making tradition. It wasn’t until he met and married Julie Ruth, hailing from the heart of Ohio Amish country, that he began to really take note of the impeccable craftsmanship that goes into each piece.
Kristin Bonkemeyer is an architect and designer working in Santa Fe, New Mexico and Marfa, Texas. She works with clean lines, perforated metals and steel in a minimal style with powder coated surfaces. Her steel and plywood sideboard table that will be featured in the show was fabricated by Rippel Metal in Santa Fe, NM.
Scott Ernst of Scott Ernst Custom Woodworks designs and builds custom residential and commercial high end furniture, including dining tables, cabinets and side chairs. Each of his pieces is unique, some of the surfaces look painterly, and are actually fabricated of multi-wood, intricate inlay work and Parquetry. Scott's work can be found in residences, hospitality and corporate environments around the country. His material palette integrates the world's finest woods with exceptional accenting materials such as veneers, resins and metals.
Yuki Murata Yuki has a BA in Architecture from Yale University and an Master's of Industrial Design from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). For the last 20 years, Yuki has worked in the field of design and is currently teaching Industrial Design in the School of Architecture and Planning at UNM. Her professional work has taken her from various architecture offices in Los Angeles. Santa Barbara and Santa Fe to the product design offices of Martha Stewart in New York and on to artisan ceramic workshops in Tangshan, China. In 2004 Yuki launched a company called Moderngoods which specializes in hand-painted slipcast bone china tableware. Additionally, she has designed, permitted and project managed numerous residential new construction and remodels/additions in the City and County of Santa Fe.
Date: Runs September 29th – October 31st.
Opening night: Thursday, September 29th, from 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Where: Molecule, 1226 Flagman Way, Santa Fe, NM 87505
Why: Support and showcase local talent and creativity
Music: Band: Ten To Two (Freeform). Members: Alex Perez, Chris Livingston & Michael Druxman
Cost: Free, open to the public
Molecule is Santa Fe’s place where the newest, most innovative ideas in contemporary and new modern design products are discovered, housed, and showcased. Molecule’s founder, Adriana Siso is motivated by new ideas for living, how we use our spaces, and the objects in them. This event represents an exciting opportunity for local New Mexico fabricators and designers to showcase their talent at Molecule Design Store. Says Siso, “I am blessed to be able to partner with some amazing local, American and European contemporary designers. Through my store I have explored and discovered new, functionally expressive, creative contemporary design objects. To be in the presence of a well-conceived product that can be used every day is a powerful experience. In the Industrial Design field, for a designer to consider selecting an idea to become a prototype that then finds its way to the manufacturing process and the world at large, is a challenge, but at the end deeply satisfying when the object becomes iconic and can stand the test of time.”
About Molecule Design Store
With a background in Fine Arts, Adriana Siso founded her contemporary furniture business in 2004 from a previous Santa Fe location. Molecule Design Store was launched in September 2010 in the new and innovative Baca Railyard District. Molecule embraces new ideas of contemporary design in the area of home décor, with an appreciation for technological practices in the development of materials and products that bring new attitudes about space and objects of use. Molecule is proud to be currently partnering with about 80 contemporary local, national, and international design firms. To learn more visitwww.moleculedesign.net or call us at 505.989.9806.