Brian Fireman

Brian Fireman Design

"I have a simple desire to create beautiful furniture to last generations."

Brian Fireman is a furniture designer specializing in hand-crafted contemporary furniture. Formal education in both geology and architecture, fascination with wood as an organic material, and a passion for the creative process of designing and building have all contributed to the development of his work.

Fireman's work is very process oriented, where the individual qualities of wood, such as color, texture, and grain direction are used to influence the final form a given piece might take. His awareness of the tectonic nature of building in which form becomes a reflection of structure and forces, invest his furniture with a sculptural quality.

Upon graduating with a BS in Geology from The Colorado College, Fireman spent much time traveling and kayaking around the world. Some of these journeys brought him to Ecuador, Chile, Alaska, India, and Nepal. He returned to the United States to earn a MA in Architecture from Virginia Tech. His summers spent building and raising hand-cut timber frame structures taught him about the diverse tradition of woodworking and joinery. While working for a high-end residential architecture firm, it became clear that he missed a truly hands-on approach to both designing and building, and in 2003, Brian Fireman Design emerged. Allowing the inherent beauty and natural characteristics of wood to influence his designs, balancing each piece's practicality with its structural, sensual, and formal qualities, he has created a unique line of furniture.

Wisteria Console
Wood Console Table

$ 6,200
Selected Exhibitions & Awards
Architectural Digest Home Show, NY, New York, 2009
"Are Chairs Just for Sitting?", North Carolina, Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design, 2009
Ramble House, Sponsored by Handmade in America, Showcase home, 2008
Group Exhibition, Craft Guild, Southern Highland, 2007
Solo exhibition, Spotlight Gallery, Craft Guild, Southern Highland , 2007
Spotlight Exhibition, TN, American Craft Council Southeast, 2007
Niche Awards, Heron End Table, Finalist, 2006
American Craft Council Show, and Atlanta, Charlotte, 2005
Philadelphia Furniture and Furnishings Show, PA, Philadelphia, 2005
Providence Fine Furnishings Show, RI, Providence, 2005
Providence Fine Furnishings Show, RI, Providence, 2005