A sushi chef turned furniture maker
He’s a quiet, unassuming artist who’s making quite a ruckus in the world of furniture design, and he’s doing it all from his studio in small-town Wimberley, Texas.
Meet Michael Wilson, a former sushi chef who has, um, carved out a serious niche as an extraordinary woodworker.
In fact, ever since we came across Wilson’s work at Design District haunt Scott + Cooner, we’ve been dreaming about his thoroughly modern yet organic pieces, all of which certainly qualify as works of art.
Perhaps best known as the maker of the tarantula coffee table ($6,500 to $10,000), Wilson has built a high-end and custom-made furniture business that is truly a one-man show. The artist sources his materials from local suppliers, mills lumber himself and carves his own designs. He has even created a recipe for a natural oil and wax finish.
We’re especially partial to the Kyoto lamp ($3,200), a lyrical, fluid take on the everyday floor lamp. And we’re pretty sure the solid maple burl low table ($2,500 to $3,500) goes where no coffee table has gone before. Because of its shape, it’s virtually un-toe-stubbable.