2022 Award of Distinction Recipient
The Furniture Society is thrilled to announce Miguel Gómez-Ibáñez as a 2022 recipient of its coveted Award of Distinction. His award was presented at this year’s Virtual Conference FS22: Working Together by Andrew Glasgow.
“He is at least a triple threat: an incredible maker; a supporter of the field through huge contributions to organizations such as the Furniture Society, the American Craft Council, and Haystack; and as the President Emeritus of North Bennet Street School”. ‑Tom Loeser, Artist, Educator, 2022 AoD Juror
Miguel Gómez-Ibáñez is a nationally recognized designer and maker of studio furniture, always incorporating an understanding of historical objects, yet adding a personal interpretation and twist of originality that sets his work apart. He is and has been a very influential board member of multiple organizations including The Furniture Society where he served as Board President, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and the American Craft Council. Some of those on the jury have had the honor of serving on boards with Miguel and can attest directly to his effectiveness and generosity.
As President of North Bennet Street School, Miguel Gómez‐Ibáñez is the only graduate of the school to have served in that position. During his tenure as President, North Bennet Street School established partnerships with numerous cultural and educational institutions in the Boston area and expanded the school’s full time and continuing education programs. In September, 2013, NBSS completed a $28 million development project that moved the school from its historic home of 132 years on North Bennet Street to a new 60,000 SF facility on North Street in Boston’s North End, bringing all eight professional training programs under one roof for the first time in a decade. After completing the building project in 2015 free of debt, in 2018 the school successfully completed a $20 million capital campaign to establish an endowment to support student scholarships. He currently serves as North Bennet Street School’s first President Emeritus.
Prior to attending North Bennet Street School’s Cabinet and Furniture making program, Gómez‐Ibáñez was the founding principal of a Boston architectural practice specializing in historic preservation and design for people with special needs. He combined the 20 years experience as an architect with his North Bennet Street School training as a cabinet maker to become a nationally recognized designer and maker of studio furniture. His work has been featured in numerous journals including House and Garden, Good Housekeeping, American Craft and Fine Woodworking, and has been exhibited in galleries and museums across the country. He has contributed articles and essays on furniture and design to a number of books and magazines, including Fine Wood Working, Woodworker’s Journal, American Furniture and Furniture Studio. He is a past president of The Furniture Society and currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Society of Arts and Crafts, the Camden International Film Festival, the Concord Museum and the American Craft Council.
Ao D Award Gómez Ibáñez
Ao D Award Gómez Ibáñez detail
This year’s Award of Distinction Trophy was designed and created by California based woodworker, sculptor, and FS member Fred Rose.
Arch — Claro Walnut from Street Tree Revival
Panel — Mystery curly walnut scrap, Carolina Laurel Cherry burl from Eichler Fairhills
Track in Orange County, Olive burl/birdseye.
Post ‑Scrap Ebony
Base ‑Acacia Redolens From 405 Freeway expansion near Los Alamitos.
Inlay in panel is based on floor plan of North Bennett Street School expansion. A play on his design on front of the Alphabet Cabinet, writing desk influenced by William and Mary gardens plans.
Fred Rose grew up along the river in Carmel Valley, CA. He received his BFA in ceramics from California State University, Long Beach and his MFA in sculpture from California State University, Fullerton. Fred has been making wood sculpture for the last 30 years and taught Woodworking at California State University, Long Beach for 7 years. Most of the wood for his work is milled from trees that are being taken down in the urban forests of Long Beach and Costa Mesa, California. He currently works as a Studio Artist at his home in Costa Mesa, CA.
Learn More about Fred and his work here