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RICHARD WATSON

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FAIR

In October 2014, Interior Designer Brad Ford organized a modern makers craft fair in upstate New York called Field + Supply. The focus was on modern, elevated craftsmanship showcasing artisans from the Hudson Valley area as well as makers who work in New York City and Brooklyn. FAIR is an extension of that concept and is now a permanent showroom at the New York Design Center. It is more edited and elevated than the original event upstate, but the focus remains on high-end, handcrafted design and craft. Many of the same designers who showed their work at Field + Supply are represented at FAIR and several of them are craftspeople that Ford has worked with over the years on his own high-end design projects.

RICHARD WATSON

Brooke Richard and Laura Watson founded Richard Watson, a small design studio in Brookline, MA dedicated to fine craftsmanship in wood and metal. Brooke and Laura met while earning their Master of Arts in Interior Architecture. A close friendship and shared design sensibility brought them together to form an interior design studio in 2008. A great love of furniture design grew from the opportunity to create custom pieces for early clients. Guided by close mentors and collaborations, they released their first collection in 2012. Furniture and hardware have since become the heart of the studio.

Richard Watson’s design principles are defined by warmth, authenticity and a balance of strength and delicacy. Their work is created with a meticulous attention to detail, hand-selecting every board in order to highlight the beautiful character and grain patterns found in their hardwoods. In the case of the Highboy, for example, the boards with the most movement and character are used for the drawer fronts. These fronts are then arranged to create a quilt-like composition, making each piece unique. The feel and experience of a piece is also carefully considered- the smooth glide of a drawer, the relation to others around a table, the way the back of a pull feels.

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