Whether you have fallen in love with a furniture piece you have seen in a photo or have an original design idea in mind, Joel’s years of experience will bring what you dream of creating to life. And it will be built with heirloom-quality hand-craftsmanship that you will treasure and take pride in for many years to come.
Joel Liebman is a master craftsman and designer. His studio is located in a classic New England Mill building in Easthampton, Massachusetts. Joel’s shop is one of many spaces converted back in the 1970s to artist’s studios. For more than twenty-five years Joel has been designing and building custom furniture for a growing clientele around America and the world.
As a one-man operation Joel’s award winning work represents a unique and distinctive style. His pieces exhibit an enduring commitment to quality-handcrafted workmanship. The experience of living and working with handcrafted furniture transforms the living environment.
Becoming a Craftsman
In 1989, Joel graduated from the Genoa School of Furniture Design in Genoa New York. Genoa offered a unique experience; an in-depth study of art, art history, technical drawing, and furniture design. The furniture construction courses were presented in a traditional manner, employing hand and modern machine joinery to a level of craftsmanship rarely seen in modern times.
When first exploring design work Joel was attracted to the clean, minimal elements of Shaker furniture. He was drawn in by Arts and Crafts designs as well, but preferred to make his own interpretations of the period. But it is the ongoing opportunity to work in the Art Deco style that has inspired Joel’s imaginative design work over the last ten years.
Art Deco Renaissance
After graduating from Genoa, Joel exhibited his work at galleries and high-end crafts shows. Year after year the commissions came in and brought creative challenges. Then in 2006 Joel was approached by a couple at a craft fair, who knew a thing or two about Art Deco. They commissioned a complete dining set; then an Art Deco cabinet with extreme angles and elegant contrasting woods; and finally there was a set of high stools for a kitchen counter and a glamorous curved living room cabinet all reflecting Art Deco design elements that the clients excitedly put into their sketches.
This series of commissions made a lasting impact on Joel’s working life. Since then, Joel has built many pieces in the Arts Décoratifs style and lovers of the influential visual arts period from Boston to the Blue Mountains of Katoomba Australia continue to commission Joel to bring their furniture dreams to fruition.
“Dear Joel –
We are ecstatic about our art deco computer armoire. It is amazing how you were able to take our rough sketches and transform them into something so beautiful and functional. It is hard to believe it is not an original deco piece — you so well captured the essence of that era. It was a pleasure working with you and we hope to do so again.”
– Phil and Robin, Watertown Ma.
One of the most satisfying parts of Joel’s work is the collaborations that form with the people who commission the work. Many people send a sketch or picture of the design that they are after. Each project has unique elements that come out of the client/craftsman collaboration. Clients often start by referencing elements of design from an existing piece on Joel’s website. As the preliminary design is worked through every aspect is modified to the ascetic of the client or interior designer.
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