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Brian Holcombe Furniture

American, b. 1984

Brian Holcombe is a woodworker specializing in handmade,  one-of-a-kind furniture influenced by Japanese sashimono techniques and furniture of the Chinese Ming Dynasty. All of Holcombe’s woodwork is joined together without the use of fasteners, nails or screws, and units like his credenzas and cabinets often feature shoji — traditional Japanese sliding doors or screens. His work is mid-century modern in style but thoughtfully traditional in construction as it draws on the materials and techniques once favored by the Samurai and wealthy merchants of Asia.

His studio, where he builds elegant bookcases, daybeds, benches and other pieces, is in Princeton, New Jersey. By creating his furniture by hand, Holcombe intimately understands the nature of each material he uses. While much of his work is made of wood, the use of various types, including ash, walnut and mahogany, gives a sophisticated variation to the furniture, with brass accents furthering the depth of its design. Holcombe uses mulberry paper for his sliding door pieces and offers a live edge on some products, like his dining room tables.

In addition to producing beautiful furniture, Holcombe teaches woodworking classes both in person and online, including workshops on hand tools, interlocking techniques and shoji doors. Publications such as Fine Woodworking and Handwork Magazine have featured his expert work.

On 1stDibs, find a collection of Brian Holcombe seating, tables, storage case pieces and more.

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Creator: Brian Holcombe
Club Chair by Brian Holcombe in Mahogany with Upholstery
By Brian Holcombe
Located in Princeton, NJ
Upholstered club chair in mahogany wood with carving details on the sides. The carvings are of a motif found in 18th century Ming furniture. The carvings are done by hand. This ch...
Category

2010s American Brian Holcombe Furniture

Materials

Mahogany

Daybed in Walnut with Splayed Legs
By Brian Holcombe
Located in Princeton, NJ
This daybed was inspired by the splayed bell tower structures of Japan. These structures utilize a simple principle that by putting the uprights of a structure at an inward angle, i...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Brian Holcombe Furniture

Materials

Mahogany

Trestle Leg Dining Table in Oiled Walnut
By Brian Holcombe
Located in Princeton, NJ
This handmade heavy slab trestle leg dining table features elements unique to traditional Japanese timber framing carpentry work making this a subtle and very sturdy dining table. Th...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Brian Holcombe Furniture

Materials

Ash, Walnut

Shoji Privacy Screen in Walnut with Washi, Room Divider
By Brian Holcombe
Located in Princeton, NJ
Freestanding privacy screen made in the style of traditional shoji with a detailed kumiko pattern featuring washi. This screen is lightweight but highly resistant to tipping. It can be very easily repositioned for use in many settings. The screen shown is made of walnut but this can be created in yellow...
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2010s American Brian Holcombe Furniture

Materials

Walnut

Dovetailed Platform Bed in Ash, Queen Size
By Brian Holcombe
Located in Princeton, NJ
This bed is designed to accommodate a contemporary aesthetic. This design is carefully handmade, featuring detailed construction and traditional technique which utilizes the interloc...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Brian Holcombe Furniture

Materials

Ash

Spindle Back Bench in Walnut and Ash
By Brian Holcombe
Located in Princeton, NJ
Contemporary walnut bench handmade by Brian Holcombe utilizing the techniques of traditional Windsor chair making combined with traditional mortise and tenon joinery similar to that ...
Category

2010s American Brian Holcombe Furniture

Materials

Walnut

Spindle Back Dining Chair in White Ash by Brian Holcombe
By Brian Holcombe
Located in Princeton, NJ
In designing this chair I wanted to best utilize the best and most practical aspects of the classical Windsor chair and apply them in contemporary proportion. The genius of the class...
Category

2010s American Brian Holcombe Furniture

Materials

Ash

Live Edge Trestle Bench in Cherry by Brian Holcombe
By Brian Holcombe
Located in Princeton, NJ
In designing this bench I took cues from sashimono, seeking a outwardly simple aesthetic which gives way to more elaborate detail upon a closer look. In building this bench I utilize...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Brian Holcombe Furniture

Materials

Cherry

Walnut Media Cabinet with Shoji Doors
By Brian Holcombe
Located in Princeton, NJ
Walnut cabinet made by hand and featuring shoji doors and shelves. This cabinet is constructed utilizing time honored joinery techniques featured in Japanes...
Category

2010s American Brian Holcombe Furniture

Materials

Walnut

Daybed in Mahogany
By Brian Holcombe
Located in Princeton, NJ
This daybed was inspired by the Uji bridge at Naiku temple in Japan. It is featured in Honduran mahogany and made for indoor/outdoor use in Honduran mahogan...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Brian Holcombe Furniture

Materials

Mahogany

Walnut Bookcase with Shoji
By Brian Holcombe
Located in Princeton, NJ
Handmade bookcase in oiled walnut featuring abstract pattern shoji. This bookcase is made of solid, quarter sawn walnut and constructed utilizing timber joinery methods to allow long...
Category

2010s American Brian Holcombe Furniture

Materials

Walnut

Trestle Base Dining Table in Quartersawn Walnut by Brian Holcombe
By Brian Holcombe
Located in Princeton, NJ
Dining table in quarter sawn walnut featuring a trestle base, carefully constructed utilizing interlocking joinery and without metal hardware or screws. The construction of this tabl...
Category

2010s American Mid-Century Modern Brian Holcombe Furniture

Materials

Walnut

Walnut Media Cabinet Room Divider with Shoji Doors
By Brian Holcombe
Located in Princeton, NJ
Walnut cabinet made by hand and featuring shoji doors and shelves. This cabinet is constructed utilizing time honored joinery techniques featured in Japanes...
Category

2010s American Brian Holcombe Furniture

Materials

Walnut

Walnut Media Console Room Divider with Sliding Shoji Doors
By Brian Holcombe
Located in Princeton, NJ
Walnut cabinet made by hand and featuring sliding shoji doors and shelves. This cabinet is constructed utilizing time honored joinery techniques featured in...
Category

2010s American Brian Holcombe Furniture

Materials

Walnut

Spindle Back Dining Chair in Ebonized Oak by Brian Holcombe
By Brian Holcombe
Located in Princeton, NJ
In designing this chair I wanted to best utilize the best and most practical aspects of the classical Windsor chair and apply them in contemporary proportion. The genius of the class...
Category

2010s American Brian Holcombe Furniture

Materials

Oak

Dovetailed Bench in Mahogany by Brian Holcombe
By Brian Holcombe
Located in Princeton, NJ
In designing this bench I took cues from sashimono, seeking a outwardly simple aesthetic which gives way to more elaborate detail upon a closer look. In building this bench I utilize...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Brian Holcombe Furniture

Materials

Mahogany

Walnut Credenza with Sliding Shoji Doors
By Brian Holcombe
Located in Princeton, NJ
Walnut credenza made by hand and featuring sliding shoji doors and a shelf. This cabinet is constructed utilizing time honored joinery techniques featured i...
Category

2010s American Brian Holcombe Furniture

Materials

Walnut

Dovetailed Corner Long Bench in Mahogany
By Brian Holcombe
Located in Princeton, NJ
In designing this bench I took cues from sashimono, seeking a outwardly simple aesthetic which gives way to more elaborate detail upon a closer look. In building this bench I utilize...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Brian Holcombe Furniture

Materials

Mahogany

Dovetailed Platform Bed in Ash, Full
By Brian Holcombe
Located in Princeton, NJ
This bed is designed to accommodate a contemporary aesthetic. This design is carefully handmade, featuring detailed construction and traditional technique which utilizes the interloc...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Brian Holcombe Furniture

Materials

Ash

Live Edge Trestle Leg Dining Table in Oiled Maple
By Brian Holcombe
Located in Princeton, NJ
This handmade heavy slab trestle leg dining table features elements unique to traditional Japanese timber framing carpentry work making this a subtle and very sturdy dining table...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Brian Holcombe Furniture

Materials

Maple

Desktop Humidor in Walnut with Details in Ebony Featuring a Suede Base
By Brian Holcombe
Located in Princeton, NJ
Desktop humidor in walnut and ebony. Interior liners in Honduran mahogany. I use Honduran mahogany in the construction of my humidors because it does not impart a flavor and because ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Brian Holcombe Furniture

Materials

Walnut

Henry Counter Stool in White Ash
By Brian Holcombe
Located in Princeton, NJ
Henry the armchair is an original design by Brian Holcombe. Ergonomically designed around the human proportion this chair accommodates comfortable seating. These chairs are indivi...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Brian Holcombe Furniture

Materials

Ash, Walnut

Dovetailed Stool in Walnut
By Brian Holcombe
Located in Princeton, NJ
In designing this bench I took cues from sashimono, seeking an outwardly simple aesthetic which gives way to more elaborate detail upon a closer look. In building this bench I utiliz...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Brian Holcombe Furniture

Materials

Walnut

Trestle Leg Dining Table in Oiled Ash
By Brian Holcombe
Located in Princeton, NJ
This handmade heavy slab trestle leg dining table features elements unique to traditional Japanese timber framing carpentry work making this a subtle and ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Brian Holcombe Furniture

Materials

Ash

Henry the Armchair in Walnut with Upholstered Seat
By Brian Holcombe
Located in Princeton, NJ
Henry the armchair is an original design by Brian Holcombe. Ergonomically designed around the human proportion this chair accommodates comfortable seating. These chairs are indivi...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Brian Holcombe Furniture

Materials

Walnut

Dovetailed Platform Bed in Ash, Extra Large Twin
By Brian Holcombe
Located in Princeton, NJ
This bed is designed to accommodate a contemporary aesthetic. This design is carefully handmade, featuring detailed construction and traditional technique which utilizes the interloc...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Brian Holcombe Furniture

Materials

Ash

'Henry the Armchair' in Walnut with Leather Upholstery by Brian Holcombe
By Brian Holcombe
Located in Princeton, NJ
Henry the armchair is an original design by Brian Holcombe. Ergonomically designed around the human proportion this chair accommodates comfortable seating. These chairs are indivi...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Brian Holcombe Furniture

Materials

Walnut

'Henry the Armchair' in Walnut with Leather Upholstery by Brian Holcombe
By Brian Holcombe
Located in Princeton, NJ
Henry the armchair is an original design by Brian Holcombe. Ergonomically designed around the human proportion this chair accommodates comfortable seating. These chairs are indivi...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Brian Holcombe Furniture

Materials

Walnut

Bedside Table in White Ash with Oil Finish
By Brian Holcombe
Located in Princeton, NJ
Contemporary take on Sashimono furniture, utilizing carefully handmade interlocking joinery. This nightstand features a drawer made with handcut dovetailed construction. In traditional Sashimono drawers are made to fit and function in very exacting fashion, this drawer uses...
Category

2010s North American Brian Holcombe Furniture

Materials

Ash

Dovetailed Bench in Mahogany
By Brian Holcombe
Located in Princeton, NJ
In designing this bench I took cues from sashimono, seeking a outwardly simple aesthetic which gives way to more elaborate detail upon a closer look. In building this bench I utilize...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Brian Holcombe Furniture

Materials

Mahogany

Butler's Desk or Walnut Secretary
By Brian Holcombe
Located in Princeton, NJ
A contemporary take on the butler's desk. A butler's desk is a cabinet that converts into a desk, concealing its function. A desk, standing on its own looks out of place without an accompanying chair and lamp, but a cabinet that functions as a desk looks fine all by itself. This is entirely handmade, down to the desk hardware...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Brian Holcombe Furniture

Materials

Brass

Dovetailed Bench in Walnut
By Brian Holcombe
Located in Princeton, NJ
In designing this bench I took cues from sashimono, seeking a outwardly simple aesthetic which gives way to more elaborate detail upon a closer look. In building this bench I utilize...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Brian Holcombe Furniture

Materials

Walnut

Trestle Cocktail Table in Mahogany
By Brian Holcombe
Located in Princeton, NJ
In designing this table I took cues from both Japanese sashimono and traditional timber framing seeking a outwardly simple aesthetic which gives way to more elaborate detail upon a c...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Brian Holcombe Furniture

Materials

Mahogany

Naiku Daybed in Mahogany
By Brian Holcombe
Located in Princeton, NJ
This daybed was inspired by the Uji bridge at Naiku temple in Japan. It is featured in Honduran mahogany and made for indoor/outdoor use in Honduran mahogan...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Brian Holcombe Furniture

Materials

Mahogany

Henry the Armchair in White Ash
By Brian Holcombe
Located in Princeton, NJ
Henry the armchair is an original design by Brian Holcombe. Ergonomically designed around the human proportion this chair accommodates comfortable seating. These chairs are individu...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Brian Holcombe Furniture

Materials

Ash, Walnut

Splayed Leg Dining Table in Quartersawn Walnut
By Brian Holcombe
Located in Princeton, NJ
This dining table takes inspiration from the traditional Japanese bell tower in its use of a splayed leg structure that appears to feature square section le...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary North American Brian Holcombe Furniture

Materials

Walnut

Henry the Armchair in Walnut
By Brian Holcombe
Located in Princeton, NJ
Henry the armchair is an original design by Brian Holcombe. Ergonomically designed around the human proportion this chair accommodates comfortable seating. These chairs are individu...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Brian Holcombe Furniture

Materials

Walnut

Bar Cart in Cherry with Brass Casters and Shoji Sliding Doors
By Brian Holcombe
Located in Princeton, NJ
Blending my influence of sashimono craftsmen and that of finely finished and carefully machined brass hardware to create a bar cart which is built using traditional handmade wood joi...
Category

2010s Brian Holcombe Furniture

Materials

Cherry

Splayed Leg Dining Table in Quartersawn Walnut
By Brian Holcombe
Located in Princeton, NJ
This dining table takes inspiration from the traditional Japanese bell tower in its use of a splayed leg structure that appears to feature square section le...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary North American Brian Holcombe Furniture

Materials

Walnut

Tea House Chair in Mahogany
By Brian Holcombe
Located in Princeton, NJ
In designing this chair I took cues from both Japanese sashimono and English windsor chairs, seeking a outwardly simple aesthetic which gives way to more elaborate detail upon a clos...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Brian Holcombe Furniture

Materials

Mahogany

Standing Shelves in Quartersawn Ebonized Oak
By Brian Holcombe
Located in Princeton, NJ
These standing shelves are created utilizing traditional interlocking joinery to form a lightweight, strong and durable structure. Offsets are planned...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Brian Holcombe Furniture

Materials

Oak

Hikido Credenza in Black Cherry
By Brian Holcombe
Located in Princeton, NJ
The credenza is made of American black cherry - the case is finished in blonde shellac and the Stand stained black. The secondary wood is American oak which lines the drawers. Detail...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Brian Holcombe Furniture

Materials

Cherry, Walnut

Desktop Humidor in Curly Walnut with Details in Ebony Featuring a Leather Base
By Brian Holcombe
Located in Princeton, NJ
Desktop humidor featuring lift out tray. Interior liners and dovetailed tray in Honduran mahogany. I use Honduran mahogany in the construction of my humidors because it does not impa...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Brian Holcombe Furniture

Materials

Walnut

Brian Holcombe furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Brian Holcombe furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of wood and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Brian Holcombe furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original furniture by Brian Holcombe were created in the mid-century modern style in north america during the 21st century and contemporary. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Phloem Studio, Montage, and David N. Ebner. Prices for Brian Holcombe furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $850 and can go as high as $25,000, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $3,800.

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