Matt Tommey / Vine Baskets by Matt TommeyMatt Tommey is an Appalachian basketmaker in Asheville, North Carolina. Matt's baskets are a whimsical collaboration of traditional Appalachian forms...
Brian Fireman Design
I have chosen to follow the path of designing and building hand-crafted contemporary furniture for the main reason that it brings me great joy. Beyond words, I am attracted to the beauty of the material in which I work. In the studio, there are lessons every day. 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 quite a sensual material, and it is my hope that the work reflects my passion, awe, and respect for these great trees.