Furniture Futures

Gareth Neal's Chippendale Modernism

The Daily Pic: A designer finds the old in the new – literally.

04.05.13 7:59 PM ET

This is a five-drawer secretaire by Gareth Neal, from the wood-themed exhibition called “Against the Grain” at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York. The piece is fiendishly clever, using a CNC cutting machine to “find” a traditional dresser inside a clean-limbed modernist version of the same thing, revealing two of design’s different pasts at the same time – and thereby declaring its present. 

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