At Samuel Moyer Furniture, a vital element of the design process is to develop a unique relationship with each built item. Moyer and his wife, Casey, moved from Los Angeles to Upstate New York in pursuit of a more authentic life. Surrounded by the “idyllic natural splendor” of the Hudson Valley, they are more inspired to do the work they love.
What you pay attention to makes you who you are
Moyer’s ethos revolves around reuse of materials, finding a hidden story in the age and character of salvaged wood. He is reminded of a quote passed onto him by a friend, “what you pay attention to makes you who you are.”
“It’s a process oriented lifestyle,” Moyer says of his work, “you have to commit yourself to something, get into the middle of it and then figure out where you are and how to get out. There are times when you feel like a tool is an extension of your hand. You only have so much time to make something beautiful."
There are times when you feel like a tool is an extension of your hand.
“I would rather make something beautiful then make something that always comes in on budget. I would never want to feel like it’s only mine, I think about it like collaborating with nature. We don’t want to see something perfect, we prefer to see something imperfect because then it’s ok for us to be imperfect to. For all of the challenges it presents, I can’t imagine living my life any other way.”