Rhodes is a furniture designer and maker who offers a line of made-to-order pieces as well as custom work. He focuses on the details of a piece - be it small painted accents, or the carved texture on the underside of an armrest - as a way to bring little moments of joy into our daily interaction with often overlooked objects. Rhodes was born and raised in Austin, studied furniture design and woodworking in Olympia, Washington, and in the fall of 2018 returned home to Austin and started his furniture studio, Rhodes Hinman Craft + Design. His studio is a part of the Splinter Group - an artist and maker collective on E. Cesar Chavez St.
I make furniture that is simple in form, but complex in detail. The details act as the punctuation for the linear compositions.They supply a sense of identity that reflects my own, that of the potential interactor, and the environment in which the work exists. The subtle texture on the underside of an armrest, or the selective use of accent colors in a cabinet; these small and unassuming interactions can have lasting effects that are best appreciated when encountered over and over again over days, years, and decades, evolving and changing as we do. I am constantly considering how the story of the material interacts with that of the making process, my own personal history, and the identity of the future owner or user. It is beautiful to consider how much history and experience is carried in the objects that we love, and humbling to know that I get to take part in the process of creating those objects.
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