Rustic Furniture and Architecture
Dan is an authority on contemporary and historical rustic styles. He has written five books and can review design plans with a breadth of experience and working knowledge of techniques and materials. He works with architectural firms and clients to help identify and install the right natural materials.
Since 2012, Dan primarily advises and consults on interesting projects.
He is now making Rustic Children's Chairs like he did in the late 70's for his own children. "As a form, it's so pure. There's something in those proportions."
22" tall, 12" deep, 16" wide. The chairs are $600 each.
Grasshopper Grove -- a Nature Play Area, Cornwall, NY
Peeled Gothic Fork Chair
light blue woven seat
for a Ski Home in Canada,
8' Cherry Dining Table
stained cedar legs
On my property in Warwick, I'm always working on a 200 foot "debris fence"-- clearing a small piece of woods of fallen branches and stacking them, with yard trimmings, into a 3'-5' high border. I like the mix of order and casual, using gravity as the way to hold it all together... knowing that the inevitable forces of decay are at work every second.
It is meant as a deer fence. It is along a sharp drop-off and the "fence" looks threatening, I hope, to deer -- with all those branches sticking up and out. I'm hoping that the Deer Brain is alarmed and will look for an easier place to browse.
Most days, a few deer come by to see how I am doing...
Alta,Utah mountain top home: 10' dining table from reclaimed vintage pine, coffee table, eight side chairs and two Gothic Rustic chairs. with Bill and Barbara Olendorf of Twigz.
Lakewood House, Centerbrook, 2006-2009
Quaker Hill, Shope,Reno,Wharton, 2001-2004
Mohegan Sun Expansion, 50 major logs, 2009
The Farm and The Lake House, NJ client, 2000-present
Marsh Estates, Centerbrook, 1996-1998
Mack works in both new construction and the remodeling and refining of existing, finished homes. He can help identify key areas--often the Entry Way or Staircase -- which might deserve special rustic elaboration. He can offer alternatives at various budget levels
- ranges from one well-placed rustic chair or table in a contemporary setting to wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling natural materials. There's a place for each approach and it's testimony to the versatile quality of what's been called rustic. Really, it's the accenting with natural materials. The pleasant challenge is to discover just what natural materials are appropriate in what settings. It can be Great Camp or Zen Garden. Just how much of what material is needed to "say" something?