In the Cold River Collection, Peter has been referencing the principles of the Arts & Crafts Movement
to create an indelible furniture style inspired by the great North American landscape. In earlier years while designing and making fine furniture in a broad range of classical styles, Peter was drawn to the raw simplicity depicted in the early landscape paintings of 1830's artists Karl Bodmer and George Catlin. These two artists, in particular, seemed to capture a primitive continent in a more virgin state in their attempt to convey the power of the North American landscape. Peter named two of his unique furniture leg designs after these artists: The Catlin leg tapers with a straight line down to a protruding “root-ball” of a foot, whereas the Bodmer has one gentle obtuse curve on it’s outside edge. With these two simple lines, he has sought to define, in the simplest of terms, the whole Cold River Collection.
In addition, earlier in his career, he was especially impressed with the turn-of-the century furniture designs of Charles Limbert, Frank Lloyd Wright, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and others. These influences, combined with his strong background in designing and building traditional Chinese furniture, and his intimate connection with the trees and forests of the surrounding New England landscapes, have come together in the designs of the Cold River Furniture Collection.