A Breed of Their Own
Clockwise from top: Café table, 29 inches high, 35 inches across, $545. Oblong coffee table, 20 inches high,
55 inches long, $645. Round coffee table, 15 inches high, 35 inches across, $495. All painted pine.
New Breed Furniture Network (nbfn.us), made up of carpenter-designer John Lindsay and architect Alessandro Paradiso, is having its moment. Fans range from Larry Vodak, the owner of Scout, to actor—and, it turns out, woodworking enthusiast—Mark Ruffalo, with whom Lindsay bonded this past summer during a chance meeting at a Kenosha, Wisconsin, bar. Another supporter, Post 27’s Angela Finney, just started carrying the duo’s new line of tables at her shop (1819 W. Grand Ave., 312-829-6122). For this collection, Lindsay, who often comes up with designs that the more seasoned Paradiso refines, invoked 20th-century French furniture designer Jean Prouvé. Like Prouvé, who made simple wood and metal pieces with almost bridgelike industrial properties, Lindsay joins cantilevered elements into ingeniously elegant forms. Constructed out of solid pine, walnut, or white oak with all wood joinery, the color-customizable tables are available in many sizes and shapes; glass inserts ($100) make them drink-friendly.
Photograph: Leonard Gertz