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Things are evolving at Creative Art Furniture as Chris and Steve transition into semi-retirement.  The showroom at 20 John Williams Street in Attleboro is open Fridays and Saturdays 10:00 to 3:00.  Steve is available on Saturdays to discuss projects and give advice.  Click here for more details!    

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The Staples' and Wabi Sabi

Every since Stephen Staples was a young boy, he admired and treasured antiques of all kinds.  He was intrigued by the history of antique wood and artifacts and how the early settlers felled the virgin timbers of New England to build their homesteads and handmade their tools, furniture and whatever else they needed to work on the farm.

In reference to the unique furniture art that Stephen creates, Wabi Sabi means "the reverence for the imperfect" as he presents the time worn surface of the materials he works with.  Wabi Sabi comes from the ancient Japanese culture and is not easy to describe as there are many meanings.  "Wabi" connotes rustic simplicity, freshness or quietness and can be applied to natural and human-made objects, or understated elegance.  "Sabi" is beauty or serenity that comes with age, when the life of the object and its impermanence are evidenced in its patina and wear, or in any visible repairs.

Ever since Christine and Stephen opened their business in 1973, they built their business around restoring antique furniture, repurposing and reclaiming historical materials to create functional furniture and home accessories to give them a new life for any style home.  Their works of art are modern day heirlooms that will be passed down to future generations and become tomorrow's antiques.

All these years, Christine and Stephen have been true to the ancient Japanese "Wabi Sabi" philosophy.  Not until recent years did they learn about "Wabi Sabi" and realize that their lifelong work had a name.

circa 1983

 

circa 1999

 

circa 2007

 

Signet and Certificate of Authenticity

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staples cabinet makers certificate of authenticity  staples cabinet makers paper label 

One of the many factors that make a Stephen C. Staples designed piece of creative art furniture irresistible is its historic lineage.  Surfaces come alive with marks left by a craftsman’s hand ten or more generations past.  Each of Staples' pieces are signed with Stephen’s signet mark on the surface.  A paper label is applied, signed and dated by Stephen C. Staples.  The new owner is also presented with a signed and dated Certificate of Authenticity that tells the story of where the wood came from, how to date the wood and any other historical notes.

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