Award of Distinction Recipient
Presented by The Furniture Society
June 9, 2006
Mr. Simpson's award was presented by Robert Eagerton—painter, printmaker, and Professor at the Herron School of Art IUPUI.
Pioneer, poet of furniture, craftsman, genuis. For over 30 years, Tommy Simpson has blazed his own trail in the studio furniture field. His highly personalized style, a mixture of sculpture, painting, and surface design, is firmly rooted in his extraordinary skill as a furniture maker. Drawing on childhood memories formed in an idyllic Midwestern home and neighborhood populated with generations of doting relatives, Simpson's work reflects the imaginings and joys of a young boy living carefree in the 1940s and 50s. With a propensity for shaking things up and punching energy into established furniture beliefs, Tommy creates his own blend of excitement that inspires both established and up-and-coming makers.
Simpson received an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan in 1964 and had his first exhibition in New York City that same year. Through his participation in hundreds of exhibitions, authoring books and articles, teaching and lecturing across the world, and having his worked placed in prominent collections, Simpson's contributions to studio furniture is immeasurable. The Furniture Society is pleased to present the 2006 Award of Distinction to Tommy Simpson.