East Hampton native and Ross School graduate Ethan Abramson has been hand-making and selling furniture through his eponymous company since 2008.
Before the 29-year-old started his company, Abramson worked as a commercial interior designer, building brands and designing in-store spaces for Macy’s, Calvin Klein and Sony — but he feels more at home with his own furniture designs.
Abramson’s furniture takes inspiration from natural earth tones, driftwood and exposed beams — some of the sights of his East Hampton upbringing. His handcrafted pieces are made using a mixture of classic woodworking techniques and modern innovations. Though the company is built around Abramson’s original designs, he is available for custom work — in the past, he’s made dining room sets, bedside tables, built-in cabinets and pet spaces to client’s specifications.
“The process of building a piece is just as important to me as how it looks in the end,” Abramson said. “All the solid wood I use had a story before it came to my shop. My goal is to build on that story, to see the characteristics in the wood and what it wants to become. I think of my work not based in machines and numbers, but as a completely creative process, as if I am painting.”
Abramson takes steps to protect the environment with his work, whenever possible using only reclaimed wood from old buildings and wood harvested from sustainable sources. His furniture company is a member of 1% for the Planet, a global network of businesses that donate 1 percent of their profits to environmental groups around the world.
Ethan Abramson's work is currently on display at Neoteric Fine Art at 208 Main Street in Amagansett.
For more information and to look at the furniture, visit the Ethan Abramson website.