In Fine Custom

Exquisitely crafted furniture not only ignites cocktail conversation; it makes a statement about you.

Photo by Mark Ammen


Designer Kathy Merrill Kelley has had her share of big name celebrity clients, her work for them having appeared in several publications (including Architectual Digest). Merrill Kelley designed this original bureau to be used as a bedside table, and then had it custom carved in Java from 100-year-old teak doors and beams. She entrusted the design specs to Baik Designs, who ferreted out native craftsmen to make the custom piece. $2,750.


Furniture designer and Punahou graduate Andrew Mau impressed everyone at the Rhode Island School of Design in overwhelming fashion. His elegant, spare “Stock” chair now sits in the office of the school’s president, John Maeda, and one of his “Ellipse” tables is in his home. The chair is made up of 21 macacanba wood slats connected horizontally to a mirrored stainless steel frame, all done without glue or hardware. Mau has had his work shown in both The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. After getting his BFA degree, he has gone on to design and manage Studio Dunn.

Photo by Kyle Rothenborg


Interior designer Mary Philpotts McGrath created a line of furniture back when her best-selling book, Hawaii: A Sense of Place, hit bookstores in 2005, but the designs have been under the radar for a few years. New designers have been revisiting her collection lately and the pared-down, clean lines with mere hints of tropical motifs are being picked up by exclusive private clients who prefer to remain unnamed. The wood Kainoa table comes in all sizes from end to dining, and features a glass top and butterfly patches on the pedestal. Prices vary depending on wood selection; $3,000 – $6,000.


Gwyneth Paltrow ordered this bed for her East Coast home, and you can have one too. The Thurman bed, with a soaring upholstered headboard, adjustable mattress and lots of storage space, can be ordered through Fishcake on Kamani Street in Honolulu. Owners Maura Fujihira and Akemi Rogers have been instrumental in bringing an edgy, youthful vibe to the local interior design scene. The bed retails for $7,400.


A one-of-a-kind, painted wood three-panel screen worthy of the likes of Vanessa Bell and her Bloomsbury buddies also can be snapped up at Fishcake. Big Island artist Margo Ray has whimsically painted on both sides of the screen, and then added custom iron and copper metal elements by artist Ethan Froney. Fishcake also carries the custom work of designers Logan White and Wendy Kim Messier. $2,400.

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