Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Swerve Dining Set

This is my Swerve dining table with B+ chairs. I've drawn in my mind for some years this form and finally I've found a way to build it.

The table is made with hand-laid, sequenced flinch-sawn Sappo veneer. Ten ply lamination with double veneer skins is used to make 14 layers of lamination for the leg form. Pictured dining table, 93" long x 40" wide x 30"high. Also shown, B+ chairs in Santos Rosewood veneer.

Available up t0 10 1/2' long ( allowing 10 dinning settings) and beyond for special orders. Also a wonderful conference table option with unlimited modular application.

Worm Shelving Unit

The "worm" shelving was original launched at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair of 2002 as part of a line of pieces that featured solid poplar normally considered a secondary wood used for hidden wood components in upholstery and paint grade finish carpentry. I had an idea of leaving the pieces unfinished, so as to allow it's natural skin in our living space, satisfying the tree hugger in us, and easy renewal with lite sanding. The "worm" has simple elbow modular design, that can allow it to take many forms. This one is 5' wide x 6 1/2' tall on a 6' radius and makes a beautiful room divider. It is currently available and on display at Twentieth in LA.

Waterfall Desk

The waterfall desk was original launched at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair of 2002 as a solid poplar piece. For nearly a year it haunted me and kept surfacing in drawings when ever I sat down with my wife Virginia at our kitchen table in Brooklyn , where she would spend her evenings painting after the kids were asleep. It took nearly two years to develop a process that would allow its skin to be any veneer desired and was structurally sound. It involves four molds for inner and outer skins, a traditional veneer press, and a composite of materials that include fiberglass chopped strand and polyester resin. 30"h x 5'L x 30"deep
Currently available and on display at Design Lush in NYC and Twentieth in LA.

b+ chair

The B+ chair is made of 1/4" outer skin and 1/8" inner skin with a hard foam core sandwiched inside Baltic Birch structural ribs. Shown is Santos rosewood veneer with satin lacquer finish.

Luma Screen

The Luma Screen is made from ebonized mahogany and Lumasite

Matrix Shelving Unit

The Matrix Shelving Unit is made from Maple wood with sliding translucent panels.


This was designed for my friends who needed a large shaded area in their backyard.

Working photos and Technical details

Each piece requires many different and complex processes and takes several weeks to several months to complete.

Ladislav Czernek Bio

L.A. Showroom: Twentieth, 8057 Beverly Blud. Los Angeles, CA 90048; 323.904.1201

N.Y. Showroom: DesignLush, 200 Lexington Avenue, Ste. 200, New York, NY 10016; 212.532.5450

Selected Exhibitions:

El Molino Gallery
Pasadena, CA,

Sublime American Design
26 Varick, Tribeca, New York

Santa Monica Civic Auditorium
August 2004

Felissimo Design House
Made in Brooklyn
10 W. 56th Street
New York
Sept. - Oct. 2003

Brooklyn Designs
St. Annes Warehouse
38 Water Street
Dumbo, Brooklyn
June 13-15, 2003
LS Collection
100 Broome Street, Soho, New York
2002 - 2003

International Contemporary
Furniture Fair
Jacob Javitz Convention Center
New York
2000, 2001, 2002, 2003

Klisinian Ross Gallery
Simple Luxury
East Village, New York

Williamsburg Art & Historical Center
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
2 person show 2000


issue #71
Western Flair

500 Chairs
Lark Books, page 277
pub. 2008

House & Garden
The New Tastemakers
Jan. 2005

Architectual Record
Feb. 2004

Elle Decor
Feb./Mar. 2004

Brooklyn Magazine
Winter 2003

New York Sun
September 2003

Surface Magazine
June 15, 2002

Design and Display Magazine

Woodshop News

New York Times
Marianne Rohrlich, 2000

Chicago Tribune
Karen Klages, 2000

Career Summary:

Founded Ladislav Czernek Furniture - West
February 2005

Founded Ladislav Czernek Furniture
1999 - present

Founded Epoché Studios, a cabinetmaking shop specializing in modern design. Clients included Ali Tayar, Harry Allen, Clodagh and Carl diAquino.
1991 - 2004

Founded Epoché Gallery, an artist run gallery featuring Installation Art.
1989 - 1992

Improv Saxophonist
1986 - present

Vital Statistics:
Born June 13, 1961 in Trinec, Czechoslovakia; family emigrated
to Baltimore, Maryland 1968

BFA Maryland Institute College of Art: Sculpture major
Baltimore, Maryland. g.1985