The Charred Bedroom Suite
Adventures in Woodworking
Synopsis: It’s not every day a working woodworker calls his benefactor an imbecile. Yet George Frank did, in this tale he shares from 1928, when he experimented with blowtorching a full set of custom-made bedroom furniture in front of a client. Things did not go as hoped. Find out what the anticipated goal was and if they achieved it — and at whose expense.
When Maurice Lafaille invited me to lunch, I knew that he wanted something. When he took me to one of the finest restaurants in Paris I knew that he had something big on his mind. And it was.
In 1928 Lafaille was a young, handsome, talented and poor interior decorator, dedicated to beauty and innovation. When the main dish was served, he produced a small package, about 6 inches square. At his request I opened it and unveiled a finely detailed statuette of Buddha. He asked me…