One summer, while volunteering to help restore ancient stone
buildings in the French village of Saint Victor la Coste, Ted
Boerner ended each day seated at a long, narrow harvest table with
sturdy wooden benches, breaking bread with coworkers.
Yet, as everyone else's attention was focused on the food and
wine, the San Francisco-based custom-furniture maker found himself
much more preoccupied with the humble pine table on which the
savories sat. "I asked myself why the conversations were always so
great at that table. Then I realized it was because we were sitting
on benches and had to lean toward the people in front of us rather
than back, like you would in a chair," recalls Boerner. This
insight evolved into the blueprint for one of his own refined table
and bench designs, called Harvest.
"My designs often come from my personal experiences," says the
designer, whose collections start at $1,000 and can go as high as
$18,000 for custom pieces.
Take Boerner's four-poster Totem bed, for example. The
designer says he was inspired, of all places, in bed at his
Northern California tentlike mountain cabin, which is surrounded by
redwood trees. "It kind of gives me a sense of safety, seeing these
long, tall, vertical trees standing like sentries outside the
windows, which is the same feeling I get from the four-poster bed,"
he says. Nevertheless, whether crafting a bed, table, chair, or
sofa, says Boerner, "ultimately, it's not about the designs as much
as the sleeping or dining experience one takes away from them."
Harvest Collection by Ted Boerner, (415) 487-0110, www.tedboerner.com
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