Walk into a giant furniture store and the choices will probably not be cutting edge. Clearly, something ottoman be done about it. For those interested in craftsmanship and creativity, lack of inspiring design doesn't settee well. Luckily, it's time for the Interior Designers of Idaho Chair Affair--a full-day and evening event dedicated to all things functionally aesthetic.
But make no mistake, this is not chair-ity we're talking about. Rather, it's an opportunity for both student and professional craftsmen from throughout the Northwest to showcase their visions crafted from materials entirely of their choosing. Past winners have included tennis balls, elk antlers and one antique filing system repurposed as a foyer table. Perhaps this year will see a piece carved from the rarest wood of all: the Ponder-sofa.
Whatever the material, each piece will likely be chair-ished forever based on their enduring designs. And when you couch it in those terms, suddenly furniture becomes interesting again.
If you couldn't chair less about design but totally dig all things eco-friendly, take heart--the event includes a Best Recycled Materials category. To qualify, entries must contain a minimum of 50 percent recycled materials that have been reconditioned, remanufactured or recycled from materials headed straight to the dump. In terms of sustainability, this group is bed to the bone.
Boise Centre on the Grove will host the trade show and lecture series portion, while the evening gala will occur at the WaterCooler and includes the awards ceremony, where seven lucky winners will receive prizes ranging from $500-$1000.
The tables will turn toward attendees as they vote for their personal picks, on display during the gala event. The entry that receives the lion's chair of votes will win the coveted People's Choice Award.
(Pictured: "Configured Geometry" by Kevin Noble. Awarded Best Craftsmanship, 2013)