Whitten Settee

Shown in East Indian rosewood, pure silk; Designed to provide a brief respite – perhaps in an entry or by a fireplace. The top horizontal is not a backrest, but a way to contain pillows and people.

Whitten Settee

Waterfall Chest

Shown in bubinga,with ebony handles; Usually contains drawers handfitted for silverware, lined with silverware cloth. Can be fitted for any use. Curved members, bent laminated; drawers hand dovetailed.

Waterfall Chest

Hauberg Wing Table

Shown in imbuya and ebony; I usually make this table in ebonized mahogany (black) with three holly (white) risers. When set against a light wall, the top appears to be floating.

Hauberg Table

Deer Leg Table

Shown in black walnut; This is the coffee table version. It can also be made with longer legs into the sofa table. The top floats on risers. The legs are a bit of a trick to make.

Deer Leg Table

Octavo Table

Octavo Table -opened; The four triangular sections are released from below, then expanded out in four directions. Leaves drop in and locking pins hold the table level and tight.With the four leaves, it seats up to eight formally, ten informally.

Octavo Table

Kimono Cabinet

Shown in Macassar ebony, quilted maple, silk, gold; The Kimono Cabinet has six secret compartments, each with a separate sequence of movements before the compartment can be found or opened. Certainly the most difficult, time-consuming and spectacular piece I have been asked to make.

Kimono Cabinet

Rockers

Shown in black walnut and wool; All good furniture must strive for a balance between beauty and function. Seating increases the difficulty by adding the problem of comfort. Now make the piece move…a rocking chair…and you have perhaps the ultimate furniture designer/maker’s challenge.

Rockers

Signature Table

Shown in Macassar ebony and sterling silver; The name comes from the tapered , bent leg forms, which were inspired by the letter “J”.

Signature Table

Rikki Chest

Shown in quilted maple w/ wenge inlay; The Rikki has softly bowing drawers and side panels as well. Handles are hand-carved ebony. A very gentle, sensuous piece to grace a bedroom.

Rikki Chest

Nuevo Cabriole Table

The cast bronze joints were designed to do away with cumbersome aprons, the horizontal members that normally give lateral rigidity to tables but also often fight with knees.

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Sofa/Hall Table

Shown in wenge; The sofa table is designed to provide just a thin strip of useful surface to a space that might be a tad too wide or empty feeling.

Sofa Hall

Georgia

Homage to Georgia O’Keefe. Shown in spalted maple, hardrock maple and ebony; Named for Georgia O’Keefe for the dry desert-like images seen in the spalted door panels.

Homage to Georgia O'Keefe

Tables

Desks

Jonathan studied graphic design at Cornell, spent several years working his way around the world on a Norwegian cruise ship, and settled in Seattle in the late 70′s. For the last thirty-one years, he has built a national reputation through shows and galleries across the United States.

Cabinetry

Seating

Fine Woodworking

Even as he was just starting out, Jonathan did not hesitate to call his studio Jonathan Cohen Fine Woodworking, as the directness and honesty of that name seemed to speak to exactly what he always intended to do in his work. Not carpenter, not kitchen cabinetmaker, not anything but the finest pieces in wood that he could muster. Never in thirty plus years has the vision or the intention change.

Custom Woodworking

Although more than a few ostensibly wiser souls have suggested over the years that a more commercial approach might be more prudent, Jonathan has always wanted to do only custom woodworking. Each piece imagined and created for one particular client and his or her very unique needs.

Not usually the most helpful for the bank account, but certainly the perfect route to a contented spirit.

Design Woodworking

There is no shortage of woodworkers in this country who are capable of making a well built piece of furniture. But stopping with just making a piece well without stretching much higher and creating a really well thought out piece of design woodworking, has always seemed to Jonathan to be somewhat limiting.

It is precisely that union of inspired design and impeccable craftsmanship that leads to a very satisfied client. Is there any other reason to do this (or any) kind of work?