Maker Monday: Keith Fritz

To think of bespoke furniture, the idea does not call to mind the rolling hills of rural Indiana. Set against the backdrop of a great monastery in German brickwork, open pasture, and sleepy storefronts, Keith Fritz Fine Furniture is the last word in luxury dining tables. With a team of 15 American craftspeople, Keith’s passion for excellence, encyclopedic knowledge of the art, and expert attention to execution has garnered worldwide following, including the likes of President Clinton. This week, I’ve had the honor of interviewing the man behind the madness, the ringleader of this unlikely team of expert artisans, Keith Fritz.A finished Ramsey table featured prominently in the Ainsworth-Noah showroom in Atlanta.

Andrew Joseph – What’s your wakeup ritual?
Keith Fritz – Think of my friends and loved ones, and what I want to accomplish today.

Andrew – How do you maintain a work/life balance?
Keith – I love what I do, and it does not feel like work.

Andrew – Why modern design trend makes you cringe?
Keith – Purchasing online; design should be a journey and people need to touch and feel and work in the real world, not design through a computer.

Andrew – What’s your favorite time of day?
Keith – I am a morning person. I love to work in my studio early in the morning before everyone else arrives. Finished to perfection.

Andrew – What is one thing no one knows about you?
Keith – When I was about three years old, my mom and I both experienced an otherworldly apparition. We don’t know if it was extraterrestrial or spiritual, but it was not of this world and we both remember it clearly. Because of this, I enjoy hearing other peoples’ stories of the supernatural.

Andrew – Style (or design) icon?
Keith – Karl Springer. He took classical forms and covered them in exotic materials. I do the same, but with exotic woods rather than animal hides.

Andrew – What’s your current TV obsession?
Keith – I don’t watch television. I make new finish samples for entertainment and relaxation.

Andrew – Favorite bad movie?
Keith – Dagmar’s Hot Pants, Inc.

Andrew – Favorite city to recharge?
Keith – Louisville, KY

Andrew – Favorite scent?
Keith – Rosewood

Andrew – Who is a contemporary inspiration in your field?
Keith – David Wiesand

Keith’s active role in the manufacturing process sets his company apart; here he is shown putting the finishing touches on the legs of his Triumph table.

About Keith Fritz | Keith Fritz is the son of a carpenter raised in Siberia, Indiana. After attending seminary and graduate school, Keith immediately opened his first workshop on Capitol Hill and began building custom furniture for DC’s high-end design market. In 2001, after only a few years building handcrafted furniture, Keith was commissioned to build a custom dining table for President Bill Clinton. Today, Keith Fritz Fine Furniture is represented by the finest trade-only showrooms across the country. His pieces provide a clean, elegant aesthetic based on the best of 18th, 19th, and 20th-century furniture design. Every piece Keith creates is lovingly handmade and the tailored to the client’s exact specifications. Keith’s reputation for timely delivery and excellent customer service make him a valuable partner to the most discerning interior designers and architects across the country.

About Andrew Joseph | Andrew Joseph’s passion for design and rich journalistic history led to the launch of his boutique PR firm in 2012. Prior to enjoying the successes of Andrew Joseph PR, Andrew honed his editorial skills at Vanity Fair and Allure. This experience, as well as the strong network of contacts developed over the years in public relations, brings a valuable edge to his new role as contributing editor. Let the musing begin.

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