A Sculptural Approach
Old and discarded materials gain a new perspective and sense of historical value in Michael Todd Smith’s hands. Known for his custom furniture, Smith never veered too far from his background as a sculpture major at DePaul University; craftsmanship and traditional technique remain at the core of his work. The designer and custom fabricator says his interaction with clients ranges from conception to drawing to finished product, and he enjoys making customers a part of the approach and process. He aims to use sustainable materials, like kiln-dried wood indigenous to the Chicago area, in an effort to create everlasting and timeless images in furniture. His H-Bench ($1,700) is an innovative endeavor in steel—the piece premiered at his first Guerrilla show and reportedly had a top furniture retailer courting his talents soon after. michaeltoddsmith.com



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