Furniture maker Kevin Mack of Malden, Massachusetts was recently awarded “Best in Show – Traditional Furniture” at the Fine Furnishings Providence Show for the second year in a row. He also won “Best in Show – Student Work” in 2007. “I did not expect to win again this year, but I do feel that an entire year’s worth of hard work has been rewarded,” said Kevin Mack on accepting the award. Later he added, “I was surprised, fortunate, and ecstatic to receive this recognition.”

Kevin Mack designs and builds 17th through mid-20th century reproduction furniture as well as one-of-a-kind originals. He is a third generation furniture maker who has been using time honored tools and techniques to produce extraordinary hand crafted furniture for 20 years. His work has been shown at the Concord Museum (Concord, MA) and is on permanent display at the Deerfield Museum (Deerfield, MA). He has taught woodworking through the Eliot School’s Partnership Program at Manning Elementary School and Sociedad Latina. Kevin earned his Diploma in Fine Furniture & Cabinetry from North Bennet Street School. Kevin is currently accepting both residential and commercial commissions. His work can be seen at the Possessions Gallery in Melrose, Massachusetts.

Kevin says that the Providence show is a proving ground for him. He wants to push the limits of his craft and creativity by building imaginative, high quality, sometimes eccentric pieces. Doing shows such as Fine Furnishings gives him the opportunity to be judged and to mediate the public’s reactions to his work. The reaction to this year’s work, which included pieces inspired by the styles of mid-century modern, Danish modern, and Art Deco, was phenomenal with genuine interest, calls for commissioned work, and more enthusiastic compliments than ever.

Judges for this year’s best in show awards included Christine Malecki West, AIA, LEED-AP, a principal at KITE Architects; Paula Constantine, Décor Editor at The Providence Journal; and Interior Designer Jay Wayne Luiz, of Kyureo. About Kevin’s work they said, “He has the ability to bridge styles while making a non-traditional choice for a traditional piece with a sense of fun and delight. His work is very lively for the traditional style.

The Fine Furnishings & Fine Craft Shows present a marketplace for extraordinary custom furniture designed to fit a broad range of styles. Artisans from across North American exhibit, sell, and take commissions for their handcrafted wares. The shows take place in Providence, Baltimore, and Milwaukee.

SOURCE: Fine Furnishings and Fine Craft Shows

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