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robert sukrachand products profile By Alissa Ponchione Photography courtesy of Robert Sukrachand 1 INTO THE WOOD 2 A photographer's new career offers new beginnings Robert Sukrachand began his career as a photographer. He enjoyed setting up the darkroom, printing the photos, working with the chemistry. But when the process became more digital, he felt disappointed, if not a bit uninspired. "I lost the love of it," he admits. His long-term human-interest projects didn't pay the bills, and he was taking wedding jobs six months out of the year, trying to eke out a living. Merely a hobby at first, Sukrachand found himself selling the furniture pieces he made here and there, mostly to friends and family. It was again the process that drew him in-cutting joinery, and working with hand tools, chisels, and handsaws to create timeless pieces. "I liked doing something with my hands," he says. Sukrachand is selftaught, save for weeklong workshops and a three-month intensive course at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine, where he honed his skills."I realized I could do this instead," he says. That was four years ago. He started off making jewelry boxes and other small items, and eventually, after some word-of-mouth marketing, he graduated to larger items like dining tables, beds, and coffee tables. Sukrachand creates alongside his artist 3 friends-a group of craftspeople he's been working with for the last five years-in his studio in Brooklyn, New York's Red Hook neighborhood, where he moved a year and a half ago. His furniture-mostly made of the forgiving and beautiful walnut or lighter ash and maple-is both minimal and light. And lately, he's been experimenting: A whitewashing technique makes wood resemble marble from afar and the addition of black-tinted apoxy resin creates a veined look. It's that clever construction and playing with people's perceptions that piques his interest. Recently, he has found himself using glass for sculptural pieces and working with reflections, shapes, geometry, and patterns, seen in his tiled cabinets that are "tactile too," he says. "You can feel the pattern and its individual pieces of wood that have been reassembled." As Sukrachand's clientele grows, he's looking to add more volume to his one-off projects. His first foray will be a large-scale 1. Sukrachand's Suspension lounge chair uses a dual process of bent lamination and coopering to produce its curved profile, while the seat's softer lines make it feel suspended over an almost skeletal frame. 2. Each slab of the Whitewashed Elm coffee table is filled with tinted resin, resulting in a wood surface that resembles marble. 3. The Tetrahedron coffee table's bronzetinted glass allows for unobstructed views of the base, which change depending on the angle it's viewed. commercial job where 50 pieces of furniture have been commissioned. He'll be designing and building all the pieces himself with a small team (and a long lead time). For now, though, he's happy doing something he loves and making a living doing it. "The idea of going back to a regular job is really hard to stomach," he says. hd September 2015 081

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Hospitality Design - September 2015

Hospitality Design - September 2015
Online TOC
From the Editor
From the Show Director
Places: Los Cabos
Interview: Carlos Flores
Interview: Nigel Harris
5 Questions for Kelly Wearstler
Profile: Robert Sukrachand
Trends: Abstract Art
Hospitality’s Reach
Special Feature: New York
New York Edition
Chicago Athletic Association
Graduate Madison
Indigo Bangkok
Mama Shelter Hollywood
Finest Playa Mujeres
Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel
Ad Index
Back Space

Hospitality Design - September 2015