From the Artist I am a furniture designer specializing in hand-crafted contemporary furniture. Upon graduating with a BS in Geology from The Colorado College, I spent much time traveling and kayaking around the world. Some of these journeys brought me to Ecuador, Chile, India, and Nepal. I then returned to the United States to earn a MA in Architecture from Virginia Tech. There, I became intrigued with building and the choices of construction and materials that generate a particular structure. Summers spent building and raising hand-cut timber frame structures taught me about the diverse tradition of woodworking and joinery. While working for a high-end residential architecture firm, it became clear to me that I missed the hands-on approach to designing and building, and as a result I opened Brian Fireman Design in 2003.
By allowing the inherent beauty and natural characteristics of wood to influence my designs and by balancing each piece’s practicality with its structural, sensual, and formal qualities, I have created a unique line of furniture. My work has been exhibited nationally and published in a variety of magazines.
Designing and building handcrafted wood furniture brings me great joy. My designs are inspired from many sources, from walks in the woods to overseas travels, but mostly from the wood itself. Whether working with live-edge slabs or more sculptural forms, the intent is to allow the inherent beauty of the material to acquire a second life as a piece of furniture. Wood is quite a sensual material, and it is my hope that the work reflects my passion, awe, and respect for these great trees.