Meet the newest in turned-wood furniture. Furnituremakers are spinning updated versions of chunky bun feet and weighty bobbin frames into shapely superstars with the latest in facelifts that include painted, whitewashed, and lacquered finishes. Known for repetitive patterns that create carved rhythms of long and short beats, turned furniture now features a variety of curves and twists -- disks stacked like rolls of quarters, ovals strung like beads of a rosary, or spirals that coil like a playground slide.
Shown here: "Westholme" walnut bar chair, $2,450; RC Byers Studio (323/653-0124), trade.
Photographs: Greg Scheidemann
Written and produced by Krissa Rossbund with Eli Becker