Smart bets: Brian Fireman Design

Brian Fireman’s work lies in contemporary furniture-making, or, as he puts it, ushering trees into their second life. “My designs are inspired by many sources, from walks in the woods to overseas travels, but mostly from the wood itself,” he’s noted. “Wood is a sensual material, and it is my hope that the work reflects my passion, awe and respect for these great trees.” The trained architect creates original pieces by hand, sourcing sustainably harvested materials from Western North Carolina, in most cases. His finished products present Mother Nature’s artwork — grains, textures, colors, nuances and all — cleanly and without undue embellishments. Highlands’ visual arts center The Bascom will exhibit Fireman’s work from Saturday, July 2, through Saturday, Aug. 27, with an opening reception on Tuesday, July 5, from 3 to 5 p.m. Free. thebascom.org. Photo courtesy of the artist

 

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Kat studied entrepreneurship and music business at the University of Miami and earned her MBA at Appalachian State University. Follow me @katmAVL

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