American Made Since 1993

Dan Farrenkopf & Phid Lawless

Sullivan, Maine
A nationally recognized studio in Maine, uniquely creating elegant, handmade, all weather garden containers using concrete & steel reinforcement.

Tell us about your business.

Twenty years ago college student Dan Farrenkopf came around to this pursuit by combining passions for pottery, gardens & building objects. Introduced to artist & architect, Phid Lawless, the two explored the possibilities of concrete & the studio’s focus came out of a collaborative investigation of architectural features for gardens & created vessels similar to those found in ancient Greek & Roman gardens, as well as classic American gardens. Each piece is hand turned on wheels, in concrete, & completely steel reinforced. This process, which produces seamless pots of unparalleled strength, is unique to Lunaform, & insures that the products withstand the harshest of seasonal elements. Lunaform would love to continue seeing their work disseminated. American garden ornament used to be entirely sourced from the "Old World" & Asia. Now American garden ornament comes full circle with Lunaform exporting to gardens worldwide.

What makes your business stand out?

Dan and Phid further distinguish themselves by affording the firms that they work with a great deal of involvement in the customization of their work. Some of the landscape architecture firms have a custom pallet of colors on file while others have whole vessels named for them. Dan & Phid have proven themselves to be accepting of new ideas & revisions to their process over the years and have helped others by encouraging their own ideas to flourish. One of the greatly unique aspects of Lunaform is the original process & techniques in which they create their one of a kind pieces. They use steel reinforcement in all of the pieces & create original shapes & designs as well as custom textures & colors. They incorporate ceramic tradition, plaster work & 21st century concrete technique & terminology. The combination & results in their construction process are unique to Lunaform.

What's the best business advice you've received?

Locate your business where you want to live. Maine is a truly inspiring place; from the overall breathtaking landscape to the design community tucked all over. Working where you want to live rather than living where you have to work makes all the difference in your work.

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    Oct. 17, 2014

    2014 Award Winner and Audience Choice Winner announced.

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    Nov. 7, 2014

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    Nov. 8, 2014

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