The City of Santa Fe Arts Commission and the Santa Fe Community Convention Center announce the installation of ten custom furniture pieces in the
Center. The pieces are placed in public areas throughout the building
including in the main lobby, in the meeting room corridor, and the Tesuque
Board Room. The furnishings represent the work of five different woodworkers
and a range of styles. The woodworkers were commissioned jointly by the Arts
Commission and Center to honor Santa Fe’s long history of
furniture making, while showcasing contemporary woodworking.
David Burling, Dennis Esquivel, Richard Gonzales, Jason R. Mossman, and
Robin Speas were selected to create the furnishings following an open call
for woodworkers. The woodworkers were selected based on the quality of their
past work and its ability to add to the overall design plan for the Center.
In crafting their pieces, the woodworkers had to use solid wood construction
with mortise and tenon, dovetails, pegs, or dowel joinery. All the woodworkers
worked closely with the design professionals and Center staff in creating
Pictured above tables by David Burling and Dennis Esquivel.
David Burling is known for designing custom furniture drawing
from a variety of sources. Burling created three pieces for the Center’s
lobby. Dennis Esquivel’s designs are inspired by Native American
symbols, objects, and iconography. His unique tables are located in the
Gonzales and Jason R. Mossman create fine Spanish Colonial-style furniture.
Together, they have created four pieces for the Center, including a
hand-carved conference table that is the show piece of the Center’s Tesuque
Room. Robin Speas has been designing and building custom cabinetry and
furniture for 30 years, drawing from both the Arts & Crafts and Shaker
styles in creating her pieces. Her large coffee table is included in a
seating group around the meeting room fireplace.
Pictured above sofa and chair by
Richard Gonzales and Jason Mossman and coffee table by Robin Speas.