7 Connecticut artisans whose creations bring form and function to the home

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Furniture maker Thomas Throop mixes subtle shapes with surprising touches.

Thomas Throop in his Black Creek Designs studio in New Canaan.

Lisa Nichols

The story:

Classically trained in England, Thomas Throop is a designer and manufacturer of custom furniture who believes in the importance of craftsmanship, a philosophy that has been rooted in him from an early age. “Growing up, I had an uncle who was a boatbuilder, and he showed me the beauty and the satisfaction of a lifetime doing things,” Throop recalls.

Indeed, the craftsman has built such a life. For more than 30 years, he has created simple, direct and honest pieces. Throop creates both signature designs and commissioned pieces, though he says no two works are alike. “In general, I like to reinterpret my designs,” he says. “It’s an evolutionary process.

Thomas Throop in his Black Creek Designs studio in New Canaan.

Thomas Throop in his Black Creek Designs studio in New Canaan.

Lisa Nichols

The article:

The Vivian console ($ 9,000) is the epitome of a Black Creek piece: beautiful, rooted in good design, and a little unexpected. The shape is a play on Asian tradition, with a body crafted from West Coast-grown Claro walnut.

The piece is finished with screen printed panels made from Chilewich fabric. “It really has a nice richness that reflects the light beautifully,” says Throop, although the textile also has a functional aspect. If used for multimedia equipment, the shield allows radio waves and infrared light to pass.

“I thought it was a great combination using a traditional inspired form with contemporary materials,” adds the manufacturer. “It’s a nice contrast. And, true to Throop’s evolutionary philosophy, the Vivian has gone through many iterations of height, width, and materials.

Create a home theater using the Vivian as a media console or place it in the dining room as a sideboard. In the family room, discreetly hide children’s toys.

Thomas Throop in his Black Creek Designs studio in New Canaan.

Thomas Throop in his Black Creek Designs studio in New Canaan.

Lisa Nichols

How to have this:

Stop by the New Canaan studio at 26 Grove St. to meet with the designer or browse inventory, send him a request through his website at blackcreekdesigns.com, or call 203-966-5798.

Follow @blackcreekdesigns on Instagram.

– By Ann Loynd Burton



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