The son of an industrial metal worker, Chris Smith prac-
tices his craft in an old barn attached to the 55-year-old
farmhouse he shares with his wife and two young daugh-
ters in rural Hackettstown.
Smith, who works in brass, bronze, stainless steel, zinc,
copper, iron and other metals, doesn’t consider himself an
artist. “I used to be a professional motorcycle racer,” he
says. “Then we had kids, and I realized I had to make a liv-
ing.” He leans to a large degree on his wife and design man-
ager, Agnieszka, for help: “She’s the real artist. She does all
my sketches,” he says. “I can barely draw a stick figure.”
No matter. Smith handcrafts furniture—including
chairs, tables and lamps—as well as design elements, such
as railings, gates and fireplace screens.
Smith collaborates with designers and architects on most
Still, Smith’s favorite pieces are the ones he designs on
projects. “I’ll go on a site visit and help people visualize how
something will fit in their space,” he says. Once all parties
agree on a direction, he handcrafts each piece himself. “I’m
the guy,” he says. “I don’t hand it o; to a minion in a shop.”
Typical of the process is the copper hood in the photo
below. A custom-designed piece, it’s ready to be installed
in a new kitchen in New Vernon.
his own, like the powder-coated, spring-steel chair fea-
tured two years ago in Architectural Digest. Available in a
variety of colors, it sells on his website for $750.
“I don’t want everyone to have it,” says Smith. “It’s not a
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Chris Smith takes five in his
“Some of these tools are over
100 years old,” he says. The
hood in the background is
bound for a new kitchen in
New Vernon. At right, one of
his powder-coated, spring-steel chairs.