Tell us about your business.Having kept fairly current with furniture design, I was aware of the resurgence in collecting unique Karl Springer pieces and decided the time was right for creating one-off furniture pieces that are an object of extraordinary luxury and workmanship. My goal was to create and finish small tables and boxes in the Karl Springer style of wrapping them with various coverings such as exotic hides, snakeskin, or fabric. I had acquired this unique skill while working as a custom furniture artisan in the Karl Springer workshop during the 70’s and 80’s. I began creating my own pieces and in 2011, I officially launched my company, Johnson3 LLC. I enjoy creating one-off art pieces based on my designs as well as working with the design concepts of my customers. I take pleasure in knowing that “the art” of covering objects in exotic materials is not lost and happily have been enjoying creating furniture and accessories that are a tribute to those years of incredible Karl Springer design.
What makes your business stand out?In my roll of custom furniture artisan, I designed an intimate collection of tables and accessories that bear my unique artistry and design. My signature work is in snakeskin and exotic hides, but I often work with designer fabrics and other materials as well. Having trained under and worked for Karl Springer, his designs and commitment to excellence have inspired my work. I am intent on keeping this unique art-form alive. It is something I know how to do that not many others do, and I love to create beautiful things. My many years of creating original Karl Springer items affords me the experience and level of excellence necessary to create viable, enduring, and beautiful art-furniture pieces. When everything is done right, these pieces retain their beauty for a long time, making them a collectable to be passed to the next generation. For the discerning client who seeks to own a handcrafted, one-of-a-kind, made in America product, these pieces certainly fit the bill.
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