Leslie Shapiro Joyal’s Cocoon Daybed, $14,000, is made from 2-inch thick solid walnut. “It’s a monster,” she says. “It takes six people to move it.”(Shapiro Joyal Studio)
Shown with his Hank chairs, the Jax table, $2,800, by Jory Brigham “comfortably seats four to six for dinner, poker night or that monthly philosophy group you’ve been meaning to host,” the designer and winner of “Framework” says.(Ron Bez Photography)
“I’ve always been attracted to that tacky ‘70s style and wanted to find a way to use plywood, color and brass,” Jory Brigham says of his colorful Chumash credenza, $5,700.(Ron Bez Photography)
At LA*SHO, Israeli designer Amir Raveh exhibits The Red Bench, $3,000, made from a discarded chair, a plywood crate and a stainless steel clad shelf.(Amir Raveh)
Owner of Cleveland-based 44 Steel, Jason Radcliffe, designer and fabricator of the Mouse desk, $1,200, shown at left, finished third on Spike TV’s “Framework.”(44 Steel)
Denver’s Garrett Brown, in collaboration with Milo Alfring created the 5-foot wide Marcielo topographic world map, $7,200, with nine layers of handcut plywood.(Garret Brown Designs)
Made from copper pipes and walnut, Gaspar Dejesus’ desk, $3,000, is part of the Los Angeles designer’s Industrial collection, which also includes a lounge and a stool.(Gaspar Dejesus)
Inspired by cellular structures found in nature, Lacey Campbell’s Huxley bench has fabric-covered foam cushions rising from the block wood seat, $780 - $820.(Joe Oberster)
“All of my work is interactive in more than just a functional sense,” says San Diego’s Nathaniel Hall of his Regeneration table and stools, $5,200, which fold up for easy storage.(Bruce Fox)
Gaspar De Jesus’ limited-edition sculptural polished stainless steel “Madonna Chair, $25,000, “represents femininity, strength and innovation,” says the designer.(Gaspar Dejesus)
Cleveland-based Joe Ribic of Objeti designed 2-foot and 4-foot pendants, $1,300 and $1,500, with dimmable LEDs housed in a perforated metal shell.(Joe Ribic)
“Most cabinets have steel frames with wood drawers,” says Jason Radcliffe of 44 Steel in Cleveland. “I switched it up.” Credenza, $7,200(44 Steel)
Expect intriguing design and perhaps some behind-the-scenes gossip as participants and winners in two recent TV furniture building competitions -- Spike’s “Framework” and HGTV’s “Ellen’s Design Challenge” -- display their work this weekend in an exhibition entitled LA*SHO at the Think Tank Gallery in downtown’s Fashion District.
On Friday, many of the 15 designers will be on hand for a meet-and-greet session from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. The show can also be viewed by appointment on Saturday by calling (610) 772-4433.
LA*SHO is curated by “Framework” third-place winner Jason Radcliffe of 44 Steel in Cleveland, who founded and has staged F*SHO, an annual exhibition of local design, since 2009.
“Cleveland is 100 percent the new Brooklyn. Space is affordable, and we all work in a style some call industrial chic or Rust Belt beauty,” said Radcliffe, who is shown in the slideshow above with his Mouse desk, named for the hole in the center of the drawer, which is mitered on both edges.
Other “Framework” contestants exhibiting at LA*SHO include Lacey Campbell, Garrett Brown, and four California designers: Rahil Taj from Los Angeles, Wesley November from Huntington Beach, Nathaniel Hall from San Diego and San Luis Obispo-based Jory Brigham, who won the competition.
Brigham will be debuting his Jax table, $2,800, which incorporates three solid walnut legs and powder-coated X-shaped steel braces, a departure from the fine woodworking he displayed on “Framework.”
Likewise, steelworker Radcliffe, who impressed the show’s judges with his seamless welding, will be showcasing some of the carpentry skills he picked up on the show with a wooden version of his steel Mouse desk. Radcliffe is also collaborating on new projects with Brigham and Brown.
LA*SHO also features the work of Israeli designer Amir Raveh, Fullerton woodworker Brandon Monk Munoz and two Los Angeles contestants in “Ellen’s Design Challenge.” That series had less of a happy ending: The original victor was disqualified because his prize-winning piece bore a strong resemblance to the work of European designer Simon Schacht.
Leslie Shapiro Joyal, who has designed furniture for top architects and private clients including Patricia Arquette and Thomas Jane, was eliminated in the second episode of “Ellen’s Design Challenge.” She joked that “they all got to swear on ‘Framework. I should’ve been on that one.”
Joyal will show a tribal-influenced Sirk coffee table made from Claro walnut and a piece inspired by her experience on the show: a leather-wrapped steel chair with a high back crowned by a huge heart.
Third-place winner Gaspar Dejesus will display refined steampunk pieces made with copper pipes and walnut along with his Madonna chair, a limited-edition polished stainless throne for $25,000. “I’ll have to get the real Madonna to buy one,” he said.