Croutier Designs: Fine Furniture and Cabinetry

based in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 30 years, Croutier Designs specializes in
designing and building fine wood furnishings and cabinetry

Excerpts from articles
about Robert Croutier's work

Croutier logo brassplate Robert Croutier - detail chisel work

Modo Design Magazine; Marzo 1991
    "Robert Croutier è un artista artigiano,Torso Credenza by Croutier Designs de quelli che hanno bisogno, del contatto continuo e diretto con la materia, che creano plasmando con le mani, o meglio con la carta vetrata. Le opere di Croutier nascono infatti a forza di carta vetrata che, passata sopra il legno di betulla, lentamente lo liscia e lo assottiglia dandogli forme curve e sinuose..."
    "Di natura complessa, esse coinvolgono non solo lo sguardo, ma la totalità del nostro sentire, provocando emoziono, sentimenti diversi, non lasciandoci infifferenti..."

Susan Carmody, Marin Independent Journal
Croutier at the table saw"From the front, the drawers look like huge polished columns. But, with the turn of a key, the columns swing open on hidden hinges revealing drawers shaped like half-moons."
    "Croutier's birch furniture has smooth, rounded, sensual lines with an art deco or futuristic flair."

Maggie Crum, ContraCostaTimes; August 12, 1983
    "Office furniture combines functional design concepts with the beautyCroutier torso desk of sculpture..."
    "Sculpting his pieces from prime Finnish birch, Croutier laminates more than 500 select strips of wood to construct the sinuous, curving shapes that are the basis for each desk. As the layers of strips are stacked, they alter the initial form slightly, causing angular shapes to become rounded, full bodied curves. Hand sanding and countless coats of lacquer bring the pieces to their final porcelain-smooth finish."
    "The torso desk and credenza derive their names from their subtle suggestion of the human form. The tapering arms of the desk reach up to support a smoky glass oval 3/4-inch thick desktop. The hour-glass shape is repeated in the form of the credenza, which houses four storage drawers and a large lateral file cabinet."