Masters of the Craft

Masters of the Craft

John Cameron's Massachusetts Ming

comments (7) March 29th, 2013 in blogs, videos

JonBinzen Jon Binzen, senior editor
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Video Length: 5:15
Produced by: Jon Binzen

John Cameron lives on the East Coast in the small town of Gloucester, north of Boston, and builds furniture in a one-man shop there. But much of his inspiration as a furniture designer comes from the West Coast, where he studied under James Krenov in the early 1990s, and from the Far East: from furniture makers who worked in China centuries ago. In Cameron's stunning new chairs, what's above the seat reflects the shapes and detailing of elegant Ming Dynasty "official's hat" chairs. From the seat down, the structure is distinctly Western: the legs are joined with seat rails rather than piercing a mitered frame as in the Ming originals, and Cameron dispensed with stretchers and spandrels.

Cameron is also an admirer of Hans Wegner, the Danish chair designer who himself drew on Classical Chinese furniture for inspiration. In this audio slide show, Cameron describes the process of designing and building his new chairs.


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Comments (7)

user-3020274 user-3020274 writes: I was impetuous enough to email Mr. Cameron asking for construction plans for the crane chairs. After visiting his website and researching his work, I'm a bit embarrassed now. His process is so meticulous and creative; one shouldn't presume to trouble a master.
Posted: 8:11 am on October 23rd

Kimjo1967 Kimjo1967 writes: I would like to have you offer plans for this chair like you have other chairs. These are unique and interesting shapes.
Posted: 10:04 pm on May 22nd

RWSmith13 RWSmith13 writes: I have a desire to start building chairs and I must admit I'm very intimidated by the process. I appreciate the insight this clip provided. I'm not sure my artistic abilities can match my desire to build chairs like this....I guess the best way is to start. Thanks!
Posted: 8:11 pm on May 5th

tmdonoesq tmdonoesq writes: This work is nothing less than inspiring. I particularly appreciate Cameron's attention to the tactile elements of the chair. How true!
Posted: 8:02 am on May 5th

JohnZ JohnZ writes: I'll second that...a video workshop would be awesome!
Posted: 2:14 pm on May 4th

LMNebenist LMNebenist writes: Once again, excellent profiles like these keep me in the game with FWW. Keep up the good work Jonathan.
Posted: 6:12 am on April 5th

cahudson42 cahudson42 writes: Beautiful.. Simply Beautiful.. Great Clip!

A Video Workshop - Please!
Posted: 2:01 am on March 30th

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