Sean Woolsey’s Haack Table

by Maxwell Tielman


Because of the comparatively higher prices of good, handcrafted designer furniture pieces, there is a somewhat misguided belief that they should be treated almost like fragile pieces of artwork in a museum—admired from afar and rarely touched. This way of thinking, however, discounts the very reason for buying quality, well-constructed pieces to begin with: their durability. This disconnect between consumers and the perceived longevity of artisan furniture is something that designer Sean Woolsey seems keenly aware of, a notion that is addressed head-on in the photographic campaign for his newly released Haack Table. The table, constructed from premium black walnut and a solid steel base is indeed an investment piece, but one that is heirloom-quality, meant to sustain decades of earnest use. The photographs for the table, which depict it being subjected to a number of seemingly damaging activities, illustrate this sturdiness with humor and refreshing irreverence. Check out some photos from the Haack Table campaign and Sean’s design notes after the jump! —Max

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  • Great Idea! Designer objects are often displayed in minimalistic surroundings and shown in perfect styled photography. People, especially those with children or pets, often think: ” yes this is beautiful but not for MY real life” :-)

  • Don’t mean to complain, but out of the 7 photos it looks like at least one of them could have shown the “laser engraved leather patch.” I was really curious about what that looked like. Looks like they had a lot of fun with the photo shoot!! :)

  • I love this! What a novel idea to have a dining room that is both gorgeously designed, sturdy, and tough enough to really be lived in and lived ON. I’m sure those little Haacks gave that table a run for its money! Now I just need to convince my husband we need to buy one for ourselves.

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