Meet John Lindsay & Alessandro Paradiso, of New Breed Furniture. They personally hand-make these dynamic and well crafted furniture pieces. Each table and chair is built with great consideration for detail, and has a wonderful sculptural quality. On a recent FLOR catalog shoot, the stylist placed some fabulous chairs by New Breed. They were a beautiful addition, to a lovely space. I wanted to share a little about New Breed. A new friend of FLOR.
Angela Finney-Hoffman of POST 27, is a long time friend of FLOR, and she recently visited with John & Alessandro, to learn more about their process, their design philosophy and a little about what makes them tick. Here is an excerpt from their time together.
“From the beginning, I’ve had an adverse response to any kind of fakery in woodworking, which woefully is ever-present in the industry. Most manufactured furniture or casework has its own dirty little secret, what is on the surface is not what is inside. I have consistently chosen to design and build pieces that maintain a strict integrity, working with solid wood or engineering my own panels that bridge the gap between veneer technology and more traditional woodworking. Another ambition that is consistent through out my career has been to have the structure, especially the joinery, used as ornament, letting it express itself along with the natural beauty of the wood grain. This Chicago maxim/philosophy has been a guiding principle.
I have spent the last twenty years mastering a singular concentration, woodworking. I have stayed with using only natural clear finishes on fine hard woods. My evolution has led me to now start to experiment with color, using pigmented lacquer. Soon, I hope to experiment with upholstered cushions with our wood structures. Next, will be incorporating graphic elements in the furniture. And finally, God forbid, I may find myself opening my mind to include metalworking into the repertoire. John Lindsay, Post 27 interview.