Early in my development as a woodworker I read a quote by William Morris, “Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” Working with wood as my primary medium provides me with a wonderful opportunity to create across the spectrum where utility and art merge.
At its most basic, a dining table is nothing more than a way to get your meal two and a half feet off the ground. However, it is so much more important than that. The dining table is where we gather to share time with our friends and loved ones, it is where we fill our bellies and our hearts. And it is one of many opportunities to satisfy utility while bringing beauty into our homes. Why not kill two birds with one stone?
Matt Smith is the owner of New West Design, a custom furniture studio in Calgary. The company crafts original works in wood with the aim of bringing beauty into your home and comfort into your life.
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