In a craft furniture marketplace flooded with newcomers, many would kill for Jory Brigham’s bona fides. Last year the Northern California designer took on Spike TV’s furniture-making competition Framework and triumphed despite having no formal education in the field. What he lacked in schooling, he made up for in know-how. Hailing from Hawaii, where he grew up watching his dad, a builder and architect, toil in the studio, Brigham belongs to a lineage of woodworkers that stretches back to his great-grandfather.
Embracing this tradition, and all the trade secrets that come with it, his work puts a contemporary spin on the material-driven, handcrafted approach of his forebearers. Click through the slideshow to sample Brigham’s proudly American, walnut-intensive riffs on midcentury Danish design.