Tom Loeser Forges Whimsical Furniture From Gardening Tools

Folding Chairs. Photography courtesy of Tom Loeser and the Museum of Craft and Design.

Tom Loeser comes from a family of unicyclists—an unconventionality apparent in his work, which turns traditional furniture on its head. As seen in “Tom Loeser: Please Please Please,” at San Francisco’s Museum of Craft and Design through May 20, Dig 23 repurposes old tool handles as the backrest for a bench in spalted maple, and the Folding Chairs series transforms seating into wall art in a twist on Shaker style. Loeser calls the pieces “functional and dysfunctional.”

Dig 23. Photography courtesy of Tom Loeser and the Museum of Craft and Design.
Folding Chairs. Photography courtesy of Tom Loeser and the Museum of Craft and Design.
Folding Chairs. Photography courtesy of Tom Loeser and the Museum of Craft and Design.
Folding Chairs. Photography courtesy of Tom Loeser and the Museum of Craft and Design.
ONLINE EXCLUSIVE. Double Rockers. Photography courtesy of Tom Loeser.
ONLINE EXCLUSIVE. Scythe by Scythe bench. Photography courtesy of Tom Loeser.
ONLINE EXCLUSIVE. Katy shovel bench. Photography courtesy of Tom Loeser.
ONLINE EXCLUSIVE. With You In a Moment framed works. Photography courtesy of Tom Loeser.

> See more from the January 2018 issue of Interior Design

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