Ericksons’ furniture on exhibit at Alexander Gallery |

Ericksons’ furniture on exhibit at Alexander Gallery

Father and son furniture craftsmen Robert and Tor Erickson will display their new work at an exhibit opening Friday at Alexander Gallery in Nevada City.
Photo by Iker Basterretxea |

A show opens Friday at The Alexander Gallery featuring new work by local furniture makers Robert and Tor Erickson.

A reception will be held 5 to 9 p.m. Friday at the gallery at 225 Broad St., Nevada City.

The father-and-son team of Robert and Tor Erickson represent two of the region’s most prominent craftsmen.

This will be the first exhibit of the Ericksons’ work in Nevada County since the late 1970s.

“This is indeed an honor and a privilege to showcase an exciting new collection that now incorporates two generations of design and craftsmanship,” said Franceska Alexander, gallery owner. “As a gallery, we have enjoyed showing and selling Erickson fine furniture since our doors opened in May 2004. The work speaks for itself in design, comfort and material integrity.”

Robert Erickson first came to Nevada County in 1970, built a woodshop on his land on the San Juan Ridge in 1973, and has produced furniture for a national and international audience ever since.

His pieces can be found in the permanent collections of a number of museums, including the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and Yale University Art Gallery.

Robert’s son Tor, who has been designing and building furniture himself since 2002, joined Robert full-time five years ago and has been broadening the team’s designs to include new materials and one-of-a-kind sculptural tables and contemporary chairs.

Last year, Tor began exploring the use of several new materials in tables and chairs, including burled wood from big leaf maple and California walnut, and the stones serpentine and mariposite quarried in the Sierra Nevada foothills.

Robert and Tor will be present at the show opening to answer questions and discuss their work. Also on view during the show will be Robert’s furniture on loan from his first furniture-making days in the 1970s.

The Ericksons strive to create furniture that is both extremely comfortable and visually stunning. Atlantic Monthly magazine has described their rocking chair as “Perhaps the highest nexus of art and ergonomics.”

Local California materials are a theme in their shop, with California walnut and madrone being two of their favorites.

On Wednesday, June 22, the Ericksons will give a slideshow presentation at the gallery to discuss their process for designing and building new work with personal reflections on how working in their rural environment has evolved over the decades.

“Most of our pieces get shipped elsewhere,” Robert Erickson said. “But we maintain a close connection to Nevada County and this exhibit is a great opportunity to show recent new work in our home town.”

This June’s issue of Fine Woodworking Magazine features the Ericksons’ work on the back cover and in several articles.

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