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"Lunar Sea II" Coffee Table by Michael Coffey

An American "Lunar Sea II" carved wood and agate coffee table by Michael Coffey. The Lunar Sea II table was a collaboration between Michael Coffey and Brenda Houston, a collector/dealer in agate stone. According to Coffey, "The carving on the table is an example of my ''Geolithic Carving'' style, inspired by the action of water flowing over rock for billions of years." Each table with an agate stone is unique, and the carving is suggested by the lines and colors of each stone. Level areas allow the combination of a functional coffee table with a cool, contrasting accent in the sea of warm wood. Coffey has consistently broken the boundaries of style and functionality in the decorative arts. Born and raised in New York City, Coffey initially made a career as a social worker before pursuing art seriously in 1972. Teaching himself theory and practice, he was influenced enormously by the examples made by the likes of Wendell Castle, Walker Reed, George Nakashima, Sam Maloof, and others. In 1978, Coffey first presented his Aphrodite rocking chair, a monumental oblong curved piece of wood which excited the market and solidified Coffey''s reputation for creativity and skill. Coffey''s work stresses the relationship shared by people with their furniture. Coffey considers himself an artist, but draws a distinction between impersonal visual arts and furnishings. It is important to the a ... rtist that his creations can be used. For Coffey, defying expectations is an important aspect of producing his works. Abandoning symmetry in his designs, the artist prefers to create hollows and rounded shapes which people can fill. To Coffey''s eye, a piece which is perfectly symmetrical is also "quiet," and does nothing to arouse questions or feelings in the mind of the viewer. Coffey continues to work in his home studio, making little distinction between his design work and his life. His bold designs are still a fixture on the secondary market, indicating the lasting value of an artist like Coffey''s style of audacious design which tosses tradition aside.

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'Lunar Sea II' Coffee Table by Michael Coffey

American Music Stand by Michael Coffey

An American carved wood music stand by Michael Coffey. This piece represents an evolution in sculptor Michael Coffey''s process. Always seeking functionality and beauty in his designs, Coffey attempted perfection in the adjusting mechanism on this piece throughout the 1970s and 80s before designing this edition. As his only work sculpted in African Wenge wood, this music stand is a rarity. Coffey has consistently broken the boundaries of style and functionality in the decorative arts. Born and raised in New York City, Coffey initially made a career as a social worker before pursuing art seriously in 1972. Teaching himself theory and practice, he was influenced enormously by the examples made by the likes of Wendell Castle, Walker Reed, George Nakashima, Sam Maloof, and others. In 1978, Coffey first presented his Aphrodite rocking chair, a monumental oblong curved piece of wood which excited the market and solidified Coffey''s reputation for creativity and skill. Coffey''s work stresses the relationship shared by people with their furniture. Coffey considers himself an artist, but draws a distinction between impersonal visual arts and furnishings. It is important to the artist that his creations can be used. For Coffey, defying expectations is an important aspect of producing his works. Abandoning symmetry in his designs, the artist prefers to create hollows and rounded shape ... s which people can fill. To Coffey''s eye, a piece which is perfectly symmetrical is also "quiet," and does nothing to arouse questions or feelings in the mind of the viewer. Coffey continues to work in his home studio, making little distinction between his design work and his life. His bold designs are still a fixture on the secondary market, indicating the lasting value of an artist like Coffey''s style of audacious design which tosses tradition aside.

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American Music Stand by Michael Coffey

American "Heron III" Console by Michael Coffey

An American black walnut wood "Heron III" console by Michael Coffey. This remarkable wall-mounted console is hand-carved from black walnut and features an almond shaped, inset mirror. Coffey, a master craftsman based in western Massachusetts, took his inspiration from the heron, endowing his work with the bird''s characteristic elegance. This foyer table with mirror was designed as a sequel to the Heron I Foyer Table. The table rests on one leg which takes the weight but is balanced by two lag bolts in the rear of the drawer compartment that fasten the unit to the wall. Behind the single drawer there is also a secret drawer. The mirror is mounted both to the wall and to the table top. Coffey has consistently broken the boundaries of style and functionality in the decorative arts. Born and raised in New York City, Coffey initially made a career as a social worker before pursuing art seriously in 1972. Teaching himself theory and practice, he was influenced enormously by the examples made by the likes of Wendell Castle, Walker Reed, George Nakashima, Sam Maloof, and others. In 1978, Coffey first presented his Aphrodite rocking chair, a monumental oblong curved piece of wood which excited the market and solidified Coffey''s reputation for creativity and skill. Coffey''s work stresses the relationship shared by people with their furniture. Coffey considers himself an artist, but ... draws a distinction between impersonal visual arts and furnishings. It is important to the artist that his creations can be used. For Coffey, defying expectations is an important aspect of producing his works. Abandoning symmetry in his designs, the artist prefers to create hollows and rounded shapes which people can fill. To Coffey''s eye, a piece which is perfectly symmetrical is also "quiet," and does nothing to arouse questions or feelings in the mind of the viewer. Coffey continues to work in his home studio, making little distinction between his design work and his life. His bold designs are still a fixture on the secondary market, indicating the lasting value of an artist like Coffey''s style of audacious design which tosses tradition aside.

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American 'Heron III' Console by Michael Coffey