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David Rasmussen

Q+A/

Legacy | 2015

 

“The planting of a tree, especially one of the long-living hardwood trees, is a gift which you can make to posterity at almost no cost and with almost no trouble, and if the tree takes root it will far outlive the visible effect of any of your other actions, good or evil.” 
 

― George Orwell

 

“Creating is living doubly. The groping, anxious quest of a Proust, his meticulous collecting of flowers, of wallpapers, and of anxieties, signifies nothing else.” 
― Albert Camus

 

David Rasmussen, Carbondale, Colorado based craftsman and furniture designer shares his avant-garde approach to design and style through unique composition and construction techniques influenced by variant rich cultures from Danish, Ming Dynasty and Northeast Contemporary American from being raised and in New England. 

1/ Where do you find your inspiration?

I find inspiration in graphic design, my local landscape of mountains and nature, danish design, in modern product design and in art and architecture.

2/ What is approach to technique and design?

I learned to make furniture from masters who used traditional techniques [Wayne Marcoux and Dan Mosheim].  I learned that well built pieces should last generations and I try to create modern pieces that are of heirloom quality.

3/ How do you pass on your knowledge and craftsmanship to your staff and younger generations interested in furniture design?

We train the complete process to everyone at our shop. We've even gotten grants from the state of Colorado for our training program. I hope that my pieces and the techniques I use to build pieces outlive me through the guys that are out there everyday building our products. I think using traditional construction techniques focus on long lasting products and timeless design.

4/ How does your craft transcend through time?

My craft has been refined considerably through time.  If you were to compare the quality of our product from five years ago to today you would see quite a difference.  The older products will still hold up, we've just gotten a lot better at make everything consistently beautiful. I would love it if my designs out lived me and were still produced after I was gone.  

 

Visit David Rasmussen's designs and products at: http://davidrasmussendesign.com/