Alan Anderson Design

See Alan Anderson during the annual Southwest Wisconsin Fall Art Tour, October 14-16, 2016.

My handcrafted furniture borrows ideas and elements from the honesty of Arts and Crafts style, the simplicity and functionality of the Shakers, the clarity of Scandinavian furniture and the wonderful lines of the Asian tradition. I pay meticulous attention to construction details, and I take great pride in the selection of the wood and the matching of grain and color.

My work includes some furniture reproductions or interpretations of furniture that I admire, but I prefer to create custom-designed furniture borrowing from a number of traditions. I am open to commissioned pieces and custom requests.

My work is deeply imbedded in the Scandinavian folk art tradition. All four of my grandparents were from Sweden and my paternal grandfather was a master woodcarver. He carved the original carvings that would be reproduced in a furniture factory in Rockford, Illinois. It's a privilege to use some of his tools in my carvings.

Scandinavia used wood in countless functional ways and developed its own aesthetic of design and ornamentation. The more I work with some of the old traditional Scandinavian folk art designs the more I understand the roots of modern Scandinavian design. The two traditions seem to flow together seamlessly.

Please feel free to call me at 608-356-1721 with any questions about my custom furniture, carvings, and decorative art.

Alan Anderson