Brian Persico is an American furniture designer. He makes furniture and a small line of functional objects from his studio in the Catskills where he lives with his wife and frequent collaborator Hannah Haworth. Inspired by natural materials and informed by craft throughout history, each piece is one of a kind and carefully made by hand - he is known for creating simple and functional work that will last.
"I design furniture and a small line of functional objects from my studio in the Catskills, very close to where I grew up. My greatest inspiration comes from handmade vernacular tools and objects, especially those made in places/times when these pieces were used every day and often as a means for survival. I am also committed to using only natural materials and the wood I use is often from less than 20 miles of my home. Beyond the wood, metal hardware and more tangible materials; my finishes and glues are also made with natural ingredients - many of them recreated according to recipes I've discovered from times before most of the toxic chemicals available today were available, some even as far back as the 16th Century.
Everything I design has to be light and strong and sit well in an environment, combining simple function with beauty is a constant inspiration and a challenge. I'm completely obsessive when it comes to researching my ideas and craft- I actually began making archery bows before getting into much of my furniture, and I still make them from time to time as so much of their craft and material properties have become invaluable to my furniture making. Via bow-making I was exposed to unusual materials such as horn, bone and sinew which I now also use in my furniture. My Windham series, for example, utilizes tiny pins carved from antler which I gather in the woods around my home."