Laura Shapiro Studio Furniture

New York, United States · 75 Sales


Laura Shapiro Studio Furniture

New York, United States 75 Sales On Etsy since 2011

5 out of 5 stars
Laura Shapiro

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Laura Shapiro

Animal Coat Rack
Rabbits,Birds & Flowers
Square Gold Mirror
Red Mirror
2 Fish
Diamond Key Holder
CUSTOM Console Table
CUSTOM Blanket Chest
CUSTOM Headboard
Red End Tables
Square Gold Mirror
Lavender Mirror
Gold Rectangular Mirror
Book Case
Queen Size Animal Headboard
Three Porcupines Coat Rack
Queen Size Geometric Headboard
Gold Coat Rack Mirror


Average item review
5 out of 5 stars

poetone on May 13, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Fine craftsmanship and construction. Imaginative design and combination of colors. Super quick shipping. Artist very responsive to questions and concerns. Planning to purchase more.

Laura Bernay

Laura Bernay on Jan 26, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

This hand carved wood coat rack is lovely. Honestly, we are using it purely for decoration--it's too pretty to cover up with coats!

Anne Hartzell

Anne Hartzell on Dec 26, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

I am absolutely delighted with the two coat racks. I needed something practical, but didn't want just a board with some hooks, since I needed them for a somewhat visible space. The ones I ordered are strong and functional, but also artistic and charming. They have a strong folk art feel and work perfectly with the other colors in my home. Always a pleasure when something meets or exceeds your expectations! Thank you.

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Laura Shapiro Studio Furniture

I started working in wood in 1986 in Brooklyn, NY with a jigsaw and scraps from the local lumber yard. I have a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in general fine arts, but I learned basic woodworking techniques from watching professional cabinet makers who worked near my first studio. My process - how I create - is the fusion of conventional wood working techniques and those I've invented over the years.

I treat furniture making like sculpture. Flat surfaces are filled with geometric patterns and simple, iconic animal shapes in relief, creating a kind of density of textures and colors. When I start a piece that's not commissioned, I have a general idea of the dimensions, but usually not a very pre-determined idea about the carving, so I don't work from sketches which makes everything much more interesting for me. Commissioned pieces make up for the fact that there are certain parameters within which I need to work by always expanding the possibilities of what I can create, and I love that!

In the studio, it feels like I have a kind of fluency with the machines and the wood - ideas that come to me in the moment can be realized quickly. Every piece is hand painted with multiple layers and glazes. The technique is the same on each piece - one I 'found' by accident a long time ago - a happy mistake. I love colors and I think my pieces are as much about color as they are about the carving. The two go hand in hand for me.

Custom work can be arranged via email or by appointment or both. Once the type of piece, dimensions, preferred colors and motifs, price and estimated completion time (usually 6-8 weeks) are worked out and agreed to, I ask for a deposit of 1/2 the total, the balance due on completion (I email a photo of the finished piece). Pieces can be shipped out from the studio or picked up.

Please email me with any questions!


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  • Laura Shapiro Studio Furniture

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    Hand made carved and painted functional art since 1987. Mirrors, cabinets, chests, beds and headboards, tables, lamps, coat racks and key holders. All work is designed and built by me in my Hudson Valley Catskills studio. Commissions are welcome!

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Last updated on April 19, 2011

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