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LEFT BANK COLLECTION
The LEFT BANK COLLECTION
comprises edition pieces that are repeatable designs and “one-offs”
which are made using unique historical artifacts. The joinery
techniques are traditional and domestically harvested hardwoods
prevail. The name drew its inspiration from the desire to create
romantic environments with an artistic handmade quality. After spending
many years in the arts and occasionally dabbling in components for the
built environment, in 2011, Larry Zgoda began a serious approach to
furniture. His first piece of joined furniture was a vertical
bookcase which he also fabricated with much help from his brother,
Rich. In addition to the design having a mediaeval inspiration,
there were several design applications that are considered
unique. These are used with discretion in the growing collection
Rotating Lap Joints:
the half-lap corners are run out to the end in a “rotating” way,
creating asymmetry and breaking from the predictability of what would
otherwise be a box.
Marbled Paper Over Board:
similar to a veneer of wood or metal, marbled and other papers offer
the opportunity to further the qualities of line, pattern and color.
Encaustic tiles are preferred, but many kinds of historically inspired
tiles are considered in addition to original works by Joan Zgoda
Stained Glass: An obvious option for a designer rooted in this visually substantial art.
Unique Finishes: Original versions of Golden Oak and Cupric Oak have metallic dust dispersed within the finish.
Ornamental Hardware and Metal Inserts: further enhance the theatrical quality.
The idea for the LEFT BANK COLLECTION
came about as a result of dissatisfaction with the status quo of
furniture and the built environment. There is opportunity for
collaboration: Joan Zgoda, Bill Moran and Matt Seiler are three
who have risen to the challenge of participating in “Genuine and Permanent Beauty in the Built Environment”.
LEFT BANK COLLECTION
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The Kalo Foundation of Park Ridge
255 N. Northwest Hwy.
Park Ridge, IL 60068