Furniture designer Peter Saloom remembers spending hours in his father’s basement workshop creating “things”. Put together with everything from paper clips, nails and screws, he recalls that sometimes light bulbs and batteries were involved. He was about 10 years old at the time. Mom proudly nicknamed his inventions “Traptions”. It likely wasn’t a surprise to either mom or dad when he decided to study art and filmmaking in college.
As Saloom explains it, “It’s all the same: filmmaking, painting, furniture design. You need the spark of an idea, a plan of action and then tenacity to push through obstacles.” He enjoys painting large acrylic paintings on canvas and often his art subjects are furniture designs. “I heart furniture,” he’ll say. Peter and his wife own the Saloom Furniture Company in Winchendon, Massachusetts and with over 25 years in the furniture design and manufacturing business, his heart (and talent) is definitely in the right place.
Influenced by mid-century modern design, Saloom looks at it as being just good design – “keep things simple, clean lines and high function.” He often looks at the work of Paul McCobb, a mid-century modern designer and decorator who made a name for himself in the late 1940’s. McCobb designed furniture that was strictly non-ornamental, with a lasting quality that Saloom has always strived for. Born in Massachusetts, McCobb designed furniture made right down the street from where Saloom’s factory stands today.
Saloom still enjoys drawing, sawing and gluing up fast models in the shop. While many outcomes might not turn out as envisioned, sometimes an idea flourishes and becomes a great new design. Here’s a look at Peter Saloom’s newest modern dining table designs.
The Apollo Collection
The Apollo Table invites a rustic industrial flavor to the dining room. Made from a solid slab of walnut, the rectangle trestle table sends an artful, whimsical wave as it says so long to the ordinary. Smooth beveled curves form free-flowing waves along the length of each side and the aluminum base has complementary curved feet with a distressed finish. Handmade from skilled craftspeople at the Massachusetts factory, a special top coat protects the beautiful walnut from moisture and keeps upkeep to a minimum.
Perhaps inspired by McCobb’s Vitrolite or Travertine topped tables, one design from the Apollo collection features a white Corian top. The chic modern design showcases a seamless smooth slab top with deeply beveled wavy sides and a curvy aluminum base.
The Atlas Collection
The Atlas Dining Table showcases a stunning solid walnut top, with diagonal plank style brushed stainless steel legs for visual interest. The table top has rounded corners with smooth, curved stainless legs that extend from the underside of the table. No sharp edges to worry about here – just an eye-catching design that is far from dull.
In business since 1982, the Saloom Furniture Company concentrates on the dining table as the heart of the home. The company produces a wide range of dining room furniture, from sophisticated country sets in heritage finishes to soft contemporary and transitional collections. Stepping towards the future while keeping with the rich century-old traditions of furniture manufacturing in the New England area, Saloom decided it was time to get back into making his own “traptions”. He began fashioning unique prototypes and showcasing his penchant for good design and the Peter Francis Design division of the company was born.
Peter Saloom began his creative pursuit in design at age 10 from a basement workshop in Mountainside, New Jersey. What began as a passion soon bloomed into a small company in the 1980s. As the sole designer for the company, Peter Saloom has designed dining furniture across multiple materials and styles over the past 30 years. His passion and dedication has turned into the DNA of Saloom Furniture.