Carol Jackson Furniture

Carol Jackson Furniture

About The Artist

Carol Jackson • Eugene, OR

I began producing contemporary furniture in 2014 after earning a Master of Architecture degree with a focus on furniture design. Concept, form, proportion, balance, contrast and clean elegant lines are all considered in the design process. Many designs incorporate anodized aluminum, adding a contemporary contrast to the timelessness of wood. All designs combine art with function. In 2023 I introduced 9 clock designs, partly as a way to use shorter pieces of wood leftover from furniture pieces.


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Q&A with the Artist

Tell us how your work is made.

Many of my table tops feature aluminum inlays that are cut from extruded pieces of aluminum such as solid rods or square hollow tubes. These are glued into drilled holes or matching shapes routed into the table top; then the surface is sanded smooth in a drum sander. My Lace coffee table has inlays of aluminum cut from a sheet of aluminum and inlaid into the wood top. A CNC machine uses a vector file that I create on my computer to cut the aluminum and rout the matching design in the wood.

What makes you passionate about the medium you work with?

The warmth of an exquisite piece of wood in a cool contemporary design -- that to me is a thing of beauty. I never tire of selecting the perfect board for a piece. Some designs call for a straight linear grain; others come to life with just the right curve in the grain. As a furniture designer and maker I am motivated by the thrill and challenge of creating something beautiful that is new and unique. No other experience comes close.

What is something unique about you or your practice?

My formal education includes degrees in physics, mathematics, computer science and architecture. Some of my designs are inspired by mathematical and scientific principles. For example, I offer a Sines and Cosines coffee table, a Golden Rectangle coffee table, two Fibonacci tables and a Quantum Mechanics table. The world of science and math is rich with ideas that are beautiful when expressed visually. I like to use these expressions as teaching moments about science.