Brian Fireman’s education in architecture was fueled from an early fascination with building. The journeys of his young adulthood brought Fireman to Ecuador, Chile, India, and Nepal. On returning to the United States he earned a MA in Architecture from Virginia Tech. While at Virginia Tech the artist became intrigued with the tectonic nature of building, where nature and human forces combined generate singular structures. Through relentless experimentations, the artist learned about the diverse traditions of woodworking and joinery. While working for a high-end residential architecture firm, it became clear that he yearned for the truly hands-on approach to both designing and building. In 2003 Brian Fireman Design studio was founded in the mountains of western North Carolina. Since then, his work has been exhibited nationally and published to the acclaim of discerning collectors.
"I have chosen to follow the path of designing and building hand-crafted contemporary furniture because it brings me great joy. My designs are inspired from many sources, from walks in the woods to overseas travels, but mostly from the wood itself. Whether working with live-edge slabs or more sculptural forms, the intent is to allow the inherent beauty of the material to acquire a second life as a piece of furniture. Wood is a sensual material, and it is my hope that the work reflects my passion, awe, and respect for these great trees." – Brian Fireman
All work is made to order, and the careful selection of material is the first step in any project. For the majority of my work, material is sourced locally and sustainably from the forests of western North Carolina. Sustainable, non-indigenous materials are used when appropriate to realize a given design. Characteristics of each board such as grain, texture, color, and imperfections are chosen to enhance both the structural and formal qualities of a piece.
During construction, both hand and machine tooling is performed where and when appropriate. Work progresses according to a carefully laid out plan of dimensioned construction drawings. Often, templates and jigs are used to maintain precise forms and alignment of joinery. Time-honored mortise and tenon construction is used to ensure the strength and longevity of a piece which is designed and built to endure.
After the glue has dried and surfaces laboriously prepared, all work is finished with multiple coats of a hand-rubbed oil finish which highlights the woods natural colors and grain patterns. Our finish is non-VOC, which means it is healthy for both me and you. It is durable, protective, and easy to clean and maintain. Detailed care instructions are provided with each order.
SELECT EXHIBTIONS & AWARDS
Architectural Digest Home Show, NY, New York, 2009
"Are Chairs Just for Sitting?", North Carolina, Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design, 2009
Ramble House, Sponsored by Handmade in America, Showcase home, 2008
Group Exhibition, Craft Guild, Southern Highland, 2007
Solo exhibition, Spotlight Gallery, Craft Guild, Southern Highland , 2007
Spotlight Exhibition, TN, American Craft Council Southeast, 2007
Niche Awards, Heron End Table, Finalist, 2006
American Craft Council Show, and Atlanta, Charlotte, 2005
Philadelphia Furniture and Furnishings Show, PA, Philadelphia, 2005
Providence Fine Furnishings Show, RI, Providence, 2005