Artist / Designer / Craftsman
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The creation of the "Shall We" mantel clock was inspired by the memory and gestures of Fred Astaire. It is constructed of mahogany, copper and brass.
Both Sides Now
Designer/Craftsman Fred Puksta creates furniture for the worlds of both fine art and commercial design. He trained with renowned artist/sculptor Wendell Castle and upon graduation served as an artisan in Castles studio. A member of the New Hampshire Furniture Masters organization and the League of NH Craftsman, Puksta has fulfilled commissions for residential, commercial and public work. An eight-foot-tall sculptural clock at the Christa McAuliffe Planetarium in Concord was a public commission, and a very personal project for him. He was moved by Christas life and legacy, and was honored by the opportunity to create a piece in her honor.
Puksta spent many years as an amateur athlete attempting to make the U. S. National/Olympic rowing team, much of that time at Dartmouth College. His ode to rowing took shape in the "Olympic Effort" chair, which incorporates a bent mahogany frame and antique brass oarlocks to echo the framework of a rowing shell.
The participation in commercial product design, allows Puksta to work in all aspects of the design process, from concept to building prototypes to promotional marketing. Puksta says he constantly challenges himself to bring something new from the art world into his commercial designs and, not surprisingly, several of his lines have received honorable mentions and awards at the furniture capital of America in High Point, North Carolina, as well as having had successful designs in some of the country’s leading retailers such as Crate & Barrel. Recent cabinetry design was featured in Country Living Magazine’s “2004 House of the Year issue. Puksta values his engagement within the different worlds of commercial and artisan craft. It’s this cross-pollination that continually enhances his perspective on design, resulting in many form and functions.
Article printed in the New Hampshire Home Magazine Spring 2003 issue.
top left: Dynasty Collection marble-top table, winner of the
Pinnacle Design Award, a national design competition.