Reflections in Wood
Daniel Mack (b. 1947) is a New York-based furniture designer based in Rochester and Warwick. Daniel Mack creates fine custom furniture, architectural detail, and decoration from wood as close to its natural form and texture as possible, frequently incorporating glass, metal, or stone.
He went on to work in radio and television journalism, as well as teaching. He worked for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in the 1970s, was an interviewer on New York’s WRVR radio station, and produced documentaries for NBC’s Today program. He began making twig furniture in 1979 and eventually played a significant role in the revival of nineteenth-century rustic furniture. Though his chairs are composed of natural and found forms, their rectilinearity and high backs recall the work of Frank Lloyd Wright and Charles Rennie Mackintosh. He authored Making Rustic Furniture (1991) and taught media studies at The New School for Social Research and furniture making at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts in Lake Placid, New York, from 1986 to 1990.
Daniel Mack describes himself as an artisan and his work as “rustic.” He traces the rustic furniture movement back to the American Romantics, who saw Nature as a curative force like him. Mack’s work combines the Romantic belief in the healing properties of natural materials with the idea that furniture can also bear witness to our lives.
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