Field + Supply, the brainchild of designer Brad Ford, is returning to the Hudson Valley this October with a number of new and returning exhibitors—as well as a special charitable focus. The craft fair, which counts among its partners the Hearst Design Group, Benjamin Moore, Woven, Parachute and others, will return over October 5 to 7. Black Creek Mercantile & Trading Co.—a Kingston, New York, furniture and accessory maker, is partnering with American Hardwood Information Center in crafting a dining table to be auctioned off during the fair to raise funds for People’s Place, a local thrift store and the largest food pantry in the county.
American Hardwood Information Center’s Linda Jovanovich says of the partnership, “We are constantly delighted by the new generation of furniture makers who see ‘traditional’ hardwoods like oak, walnut, cherry and maple with fresh eyes and use them in imaginative and unexpected ways. Partnering with one of the best of these young talents—Joshua Vogel of Black Creek Mercantile & Trading Co.—has been especially rewarding because he’s looked beyond the classic species and settled on a hackberry, a less-familiar hardwood that belongs to the elm family. We can’t wait to see how Josh makes the most of hackberry’s characterful grain, color and texture with the table he’s creating for Field + Supply.”
Vogel explains the importance of materials, telling Business of Home, “We use only domestic hardwoods for the furniture that we design and build. That is not only a matter of choice, but also of conscience. The fact is that it is not too much of a restriction, as we enjoy some of the most diverse, bountiful hardwood forests in the world. North American forests are growing, and this resource is sought after internationally. Many wood species have enjoyed such celebrity to even become synonymous with furniture styles. White oak, walnut, maple and cherry are easily identifiable and wonderful woods to build with—but what about hackberry? Have you ever even heard of it? One of the things that interests me most about design is investigating new and different materials, or elevating common materials by using them in a different way. So given the opportunity, why not try something new?”
Speaking of “something new,” the fair will also introduce several exhibitors, among them: Zak+Fox, linen goods maker Coral & Tusk, and Stoneridge, New York–based furniture maker Andrew Finnigan. Newbie DECASO, the online antiques dealer, will also debut as a partner in the show’s launching Antiques & Vintage Tent. “There’s so much beautiful craftsmanship from the past, and it seemed like a natural progression to try and highlight vintage design alongside new work that’s being made by hand today. I really appreciate DECASO’s highly curated collection of dealers, and I knew they’d be the perfect partner to help us bridge these two ideas,” said Ford.
This year’s Field + Supply, the fifth iteration of the fair, will be held at the Hutton Brickyards on October 5 to 7 in Kingston, on the banks of the Hudson River.