Insight: Michael Wilson

Insight: Michael Wilson

“The clouds in the sky, the corner of a handbag, the muscularity of wild horses; these are the shapes that make me want to create,” says Wimberley-based furniture designer and woodworker Michael Wilson. A former sushi chef by trade, Wilson, who launched his eponymous studio—Michael Wilson Design—in 2000 with a custom fl oor lamp, describes his aesthetic as artistic and functional, haphazard and decisive. Inspired by wabi-sabi—the Japanese art of finding beauty through imperfection—and midcentury modern design, the self-taught artisan’s tables, chairs, cabinets, stools and light fixtures suggest a profundity for nature coupled with an intimate, integrated flow. “The lines and forms in my furniture are soft, elegant and fluid,” says Wilson. Labeling himself an artist fi rst and a craftsman second, Wilson uses ash, walnut and carbon steel to produce covetable works that are organic, modern and unusual. “At the end of the day, I want to focus my efforts on unique details and a quality product,” he says. “These are the things that speak to me most.”

LX: I'm thrilled with designing furniture because...

MW: It gives me the freedom to express myself and to see what I’m capable of, and it allows me the possibility of new discoveries, which is always exciting. Playfulness is also very important.

LX: How does heritage play a part in your work?

MW: I like the basic principles of Japanese architecture. The Japanese are historically some of the best at understanding nature and how to use it in our daily lives.

LX: Design icons:

MW: Wendell Castle, Christopher T. Ray and Carlo Mollino. I admire these three artists because of their thought processes and work approach. They also changed the history of furniture making.

LX: Favorite design shop:

MW: Grange Hall in Dallas is fantastic because the owners, Rajan Patel and Jeff rey Lee, have a superb understanding of aesthetics.

LX: Creative style:

MW: I’m The Explorer with a twist of The Bohemian. I would like my furniture to be seen as fine art.;



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