Complimenting traditional forms with clean, modern lines makes for designs that truly pop, and Chicago-based furniture maker Zak Rose is a master of this mash-up. Inspired by classic mid-century pieces, Rose creates custom furnishings and cabinetry using reclaimed materials and locally sourced urban hardwood from felled city trees. Natural oils and finishes then bring out the lively wild grains of the metropolitan timber – signs of their relative youth – which Rose often accents with retro pops of color that might be displayed on outer surfaces or hidden playfully behind sliding doors. Powder-coated steel frames and legs allows several pieces to stand on thinner bases, keeping lines simple without sacrificing strength. With an appropriate doses of unique personality and reverence for the past, Rose’s works have all the elements that modern classics should: They’re balanced, beautiful, and functional and have loads of charm.
Jonathan Clancy is a writer and photographer who enjoys learning about the lives and passions of other people. Always looking for the story behind the story, his career as a journalist began with a concert review of Delta Blues legend David "Honeyboy" Edwards; it was one of his final performances. His work, which has appeared in Newport This Week and other publications, focuses on the arts, fitness, food and beverage, and lifestyle sports, but he’s happy to write about anything where he sees a unique twist.