Best of the Best in Woodworking Awards 2015-2016

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It is no secret that Sherry Hayslip and brother/furniture artisan, Michael Stallings, are a dynamic duo when it comes to creating custom furniture pieces. From luxurious beachfront homes in Jamaica to ranches in West Texas, these two have graced some of the best homes in the world with their artwork. 






In 2013 Sherry Hayslip designed the interiors of a wine country vacation home for a noted Dallas art collector.  Inspired by the Brutalist furniture designs of Paul Evens, she collaborated with Stallings to create a cantilevered cabinet that is a softer interpretation of the Brutalist movement. 






The result is a bespoke piece hand carved from solid walnut.  A stylized rose motif is hand chiseled into the top, front, and sides of the cabinet.  The underside of the cabinet features a water jetted aluminum panel with the same rose motif, designed to allow the interior LED lighting to glow from beneath the piece.  Floating above the cabinet are three pieces of Starphire glass with a polished edge.  The cabinet’s exterior is finished with a rusted iron milk paint.


Accessed through hidden, touch-hinge doors, the cabinet’s interior is designed to hold stemware on clear glass shelves.  The inside of the piece is finished in a white gloss white lacquer designed to maximize the reflection and refraction of the interior lighting.




Recently, the "Brutal Rose Console" has been recognized with an honorable mention in the Best of the Best Wood Design Awards and chosen as the magazine's cover.


Congratulations Sherry and Michael! 


To view all the incredible pieces and winners, please click here. 


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