The Island Gallery
robert spangler

Robert Spangler is a distinguished Northwest wood artist who has been designing one-of-a-kind furniture pieces for over 3 decades. His work has been featured in national as well as regional shows and publications. Robert creates furniture for every living environment, including dining sets, buffets, cabinets and bedroom suites; he uses a variety of American and exotic imported woods, including cherry, walnut, poplar, bubinga and mahogany. His unique style blends American and Asian aesthetics and is characterized by lines which are minimal and pure.

After receiving a degree from Iowa State University, School of Design in Landscape Architecture and working in an office as a Landscape Architect for two years, I found that the drafting board had lost its appeal and that working with my hands to shape wood was extremely gratifying. I pursued my new love by apprenticing with a third generation cabinetmaker for the next year. That was in 1973.

Since then my work has been included in National shows, public art projects, various publications, competitions and private collections. On large scale projects, I have collaborated with other artists and design committees. My work is influenced by studying classical American furniture styles, their construction techniques and carving methods, and a continuing interest in Asian furniture. My style combines these elements with a strong design background and my own unique, life experiences.

I feel that the objects that make up our environment have a profound effect upon our soul. These objects deserve recognition and honor. Their roles should be evocative, and also provocative. They should allow us to relax with them and yet challenge us to more lofty ideas. I think a successful piece of furniture is more than a piece of furniture.