The work of Mastercraft Furniture, based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is not well known in Australia.
Charles and William Doezema, were brothers who came from a family of cabinetmakers. After their service to World War II they returned home with a plan to make furniture influenced by their world wide travels.
Founding Mastercraft in 1947 they focussed on hand crafted chairs and case pieces with exotic veneers and finishes. Later in the 1970s the business was acquired by Baker Furniture who steered Mastercraft in a similar direction, with a focus on functional yet statement making pieces. Along the way Mastercraft employed the German-born, Vancouver-based artist Bernhard Rohne who produced pieces with applied brass plaques that were acid etched, therefore creating abstract patterns. Such pieces in todays collectors market are some of the most popular Mastercraft works.
Here are Capocchi we have our own Mastercraft piece in our collection, that being a good sized Coffee Table with a glass top, decorated by Rohne himself, with his signature swirling patterns that have an almost Oriental feel to them. It is a table that would happily sit in a modern home or amongst antique pieces alike.