The Studio

Brander Art Furniture is the artistic practice of daughter father duo Nina + Robert. The Brander Art Furniture studio is housed in the barn of Nina’s childhood home, overlooking the Amwell Valley from the top of Sourland Mountain, surrounded by preserved fields and forest. Inspiration is drawn from the landscape, old stock materials from the barn stacks, or from locally sourced dead trees salvaged and transformed off the forest floor. Nina and Robert’s art furniture practice is a dialogue that aims to highlight the links between craft, nature, and place in a contemporary context.

Our practice is grounded by Robert’s extensive experience as a furniture maker and designer, and by Nina’s academic pursuits. Robert began his journey with furniture in 1974, at the age of 17, as an apprentice in the classical European tradition of furniture and cabinet making. Following his apprenticeship Robert attended Parsons School of Design, becoming a faculty member and going on to teach furniture design at the New York School of Interior Design while also growing his own furniture and cabinetry practice. After leaving Manhattan, Robert joined his wife Lise Thompson in the Sourland Mountains, continuing to refine and develop his craft and design style. Robert’s furniture and interior installations have been shown in art fairs, such as the International Contemporary Furniture Fair; numerous galleries, such as the now-closed Furniture of the 20th Century and the Gallery of the Applied Arts; and private residences across the country. Spending time in the shop and helping Robert throughout her life, Brander Art Furniture marks Nina’s first professional foray into the world of furniture. Completing an MSc in International Development from the University of Amsterdam in 2020 and a BSc in International Agricultural Development from the University of California, Davis in 2018; Nina’s academic work focused on the climate crisis, leaving fossil fuels underground, critical theory, and inclusive development.

Beginning Brander Art Furniture as daughter + father has been a joy that we are excited to share. Check out the collection or contact us to learn more.