What I make
Family is a big part of all of our pieces.
My first collection is named for my Grandfather Otto, who emigrated to the U.S. from Germany in the early 20th century. It’s an interpretation of the Mission/Arts and Crafts style, which was at its height when my grandfather came here. My intent was to lighten the look some by adding more curves, decreasing the heft of some of the parts, and using species like cherry and walnut rather than the more traditional oak. NOTE: The Otto collection has been discontinued, but I include it on the site as a tribute to my grandfather.
I wanted to create a softer more feminine line of furniture and was working on cabinet design with curved sides when I saw a drawing of a Torii gate, a form used in Japanese architecture. Dora represents the culmination of different styles and influences that I have admired over the years: The Shaker, Arts and Crafts, and Eastern aesthetic can all be seen in the Dora line, which is is named for my Grandmother. Click here to view the complete DORA collection.
The Meander line of furniture just kind of crept into my subconscious one day. I was working on a small sculptural piece titled, "Blue Highway", which was influenced by a book of the same name written by William Least Heat-Moon. The sculpture was a stylized mountain form made from a piece of wood that had been sawed apart and joined back together by a piece of blue glass in the shape of an "S" curve, a "Blue Highway" disappearing into the horizon. The resulting sculpture prompted an interest in the "S" curve itself and the realization that the form of the sculpture could be used as the starting point for designing a line of furniture. It has been and is a fun line to design. Click here to view the complete MEANDER COLLECTION.
CUSTOM WORK AND SCULPTURE
"It is my hope that the love and attention I put into the making of each piece of furniture is evident in its grain and glow, and that from the moment it is delivered a piece of Probst furniture will be a treasured family possession."