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July 29, 2015

Table and Lamp
One grandfather was a carpenter. The other a machinist. Both had a profound influence on Atlanta’s Dave Lasker and his career as a furniture designer and sculptor.

The craftsman: Originally from West Seneca, NY, Lasker received his undergraduate degrees in furniture from Jamestown Community College and Buffalo State University. After working in related fields for a few years, he enrolled in the graduate program at Rhode Island School of Design where he received am MFA in Furniture Design. In 1997, he opened his studio near Emory University. He has taught 2D and 3D design at Georgia Perimeter College and Brenau University.

The goods: Mainly, freestanding custom wood furniture, such as cabinets ($1,200 to $8,000) and functional tables ($500 to $800 for small, side tables; $8,500 for a 10-foot dining room table which expanded to 14 feet.

Other favorites: Non-functional sculptural forms (inspired by nature) and assemblages, which attempt to capture static movement in space. Sculptural pieces, mostly in solid wood, are $1,200 to $7,200.

Big break: Acquiring his grandfathers’ machinery and tools at an early age.

Where to buy: In the Atlanta area, find Lasker’s studio furniture at Atlanta MADE, 1187 Howell Mill Road ( For his sculpture, check the DK Gallery, 25 West Park Square, in Marietta (

Also find Lasker at the various festivals, including Piedmont Park Arts Festival (Aug 15-16) and at


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