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By Alissa Ponchione

Photography courtesy of Robert Sukrachand

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INTO THE WOOD

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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

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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
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From the Editor
From the Show Director
People
Perspectives
Sketchbook
Places: Los Cabos
Interview: Carlos Flores
Interview: Nigel Harris
5 Questions for Kelly Wearstler
Products
Profile: Robert Sukrachand
Trends: Abstract Art
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Wallcoverings
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Hospitality’s Reach
Special Feature: New York
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Chicago Athletic Association
Graduate Madison
Indigo Bangkok
Mama Shelter Hollywood
Finest Playa Mujeres
Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel
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