Brian Fireman’s education in architecture was fueled from an early fascination with building. The journeys of young adulthood brought Fireman to Ecuador, Chile, India, and Nepal. On returning to the United States, he earned an MA in Architecture at Virginia Tech. He became intrigued with the tectonic nature of building, where nature and human forces combine to generate singular structures.
Through relentless experimentation, the artist learned about the diverse traditions of woodworking and joinery. A stint at a high-end residential architecture firm confirmed for Fireman that he needed the truly hands-on approach to both designing and building.
He founded his own studio in 2003 in the mountains of western North Carolina. Since then, his work has been exhibited nationally and widely acclaimed by discerning collectors.
As the artist puts it: "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 the trees from which it emanates."
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