Ordinary Furniture

Ordinary Furniture

About The Artist

Derek Hennigar • Columbus, NC

I'm a self-taught furniture designer/maker. My materials are domestic woods, some of which are local and milled from logs by me. My designs often follow a novel structural technique, like my integral 3D steam-bent laminations and cabinetry that depends on dovetails on opposite sides. Sometimes I reinterpret classics, like a carved rocker. My influences range from wooden boats and furniture of a century ago to MCM to DIY/punk to the craft tradition of my native southern Appalachia.


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Q&A with the Artist

Tell us how your work is made.

What makes you passionate about the medium you work with?

Wood is such a rabbit hole. It's no stretch to say that we depend on trees for our very existence, so having a lifelong relationship with wood seems only natural. Every tree is a living individual, and every board is unique. The variety of attributes of between trees of different species, habitat, growth rate, and age are endless.

What is something unique about you or your practice?

I was studying engineering when I happened upon a finish carpentry job, and my attention to structure reflects that background. I prefer joinery stronger than necessary, which seems obvious to me, but is not a widespread approach.