Inside Swell Studio’s Precise Furniture Making Process

This artist is one of many artists featured at Field + Supply, the biennial modern craft fair in Kingston, New York. Learn more about Field + Supply here.

Mike White loves everything about furniture making, from coming up with ideas to visualizing the final piece. It’s no surprise, then, that he founded contemporary furniture and lighting company Swell Studio to create pieces with care using age-old techniques and unexpected details.

Based in Saugerties, New York, Swell Studio has been making wood, stone and metal furniture since 2018. “Some of the more complex parts of the process are shaping and working the stone to create the legs of a splashback. White explains. “You can make a cut and a vein might burst and break and then you have to start over – so you have to be very careful and meticulous when you put down your cut. “

Swell Studio sources its stone from Europe. Typically, it takes about five to six hours to cut and shape the legs of a credenza. Yes, this deadline is only for the feet! “I really like working with stone,” White exclaims. “This is something that I recently introduced into our practice. “

the swell splashback by swell studio
The Swell credenza by Swell Studio.

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A more recent offering for the studio is lighting. White recently made its debut in lighting options at Field + Supply—The modern crafts show in Kingston, New York — and you can preview it at the fair website. Whether it’s a brass floor lamp, a solid wood chair, or a stone side table, Swell Studio puts thoughtfulness at the forefront of every piece it makes.

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