Furniture Futures

Gareth Neal at MAD is the Daily Pic by Blake Gopnik

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

Courtesy the artist and Todd Merrill and Associates, New York; photo by James Champion)

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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