Geoffrey Warner and Owl Furniture in the Media

July, 2017

Love your back!

Furniture maker strives for beauty, health and comfort

By Kathryn Cawdrey

The fresh smell of wood shavings and light scent of tung oil filled the airy ground-floor workshop at Geoffrey Warner Studio in Stonington. The pleasant fragrances embody the fine furniture-making that goes on there. Stonington may be best known as the Maine port that lands the most lobster. But it’s also associated with famed artists, coffee-roasting and Owl Stools, among other things. Read more …

Fall, 2016

 lake-livingFORM & FUNCTION

by Laurie LaMountain

During an end-of-day phone conversation with Lake Living designer Dianne Lewis this past April, I happened to mention that my back was bothering me from too much time seated in front of the computer. Well aware of the complete lack of ergonomic benefit from the chair I was then using, she said I should look into getting an Owl Stool. Intrigued, I brought up the Web site and within minutes made the bold move of ordering one.   Read more …

Fall, 2016

cover_fall16outline-b54e58baSerendipity Leads to Revolutionary Ergonomic Design

by Geoffrey Warner

As a furniture designer living and working in a small fishing village in downeast Maine back in 2009, I was working on a solution for surviving a faltering economy when serendipity struck. I wanted to create a comfortable stool where I was not constantly aware of pressure on my sitting bones (ischial tuberosities), so I began dabbling with removing material from a wooden seat in my shop. Before long, I had removed so much that two prominent holes appeared. The holes looked like eyes that made the seat look like the head of an owl.   Read more …

November 2nd, 2015


 by Abigail Curtis, Bangor Daily News Staff

Holes in seat help Maine-made Owl Stools take off

STONINGTON, Maine -- Locals model Geoffrey Warner's owl stool seats in front of the Stonington stone cutter statue.

STONINGTON, Maine — Locals model Geoffrey Warner’s owl stool seats in front of the Stonington stone cutter statue.








“STONINGTON, Maine — Every craftsman wants to find the product that strikes a chord with customers and seems to take on a life of its own.

Fine furniture maker Geoffrey Warner of Stonington has found that dream product — an ergonomically designed wooden stool that has been endorsed by health professionals as easing back pain, and happens to look cute to boot. He ships them all over the country and to places including Canada, Europe and Australia. But it all began with the economic slowdown that hit Maine artisans and craftsmen hard in 2008 and 2009.” (read more)  


August 2015

DownEastCoverAug2015GOT YOUR BACK: Furniture designer Geoffrey Warner’s curious-looking little stool is easy on bottom and spine.

by Arielle Greenberg Bywater, photographs by Erin Little, Down East Magazine

“If you had driven down the Blue Hill Peninsula 10 years ago, over the winding two-lane road edged with stones, past the mist-covered yards stacked with neon-bright lobster traps, all the way to Stonington, at the southern end of Deer Isle, you might have happened upon Geoffrey Warner happily making one-of-a-kind wood furniture in his roadside gallery. Built on commission, his sinuous dining chairs and bold, live-edge coffee tables were shipped to wealthy clients in Philadelphia and New York as new orders rolled in by word of mouth.”  (read more)


















Spring/Summer 2015


Wood Doctor

by Liisa Silander

“Five years ago Geoffrey Warner 77PH channeled his RISD hero Tage Frid in designing a sustainable, ergonomically therapeutic hardwood stool that can be used for hours-without feeling it in the ‘sit bones.’  The Owl Stool and the next-generation Pro Owl-made to meet the needs of healthcare professionals-now form the backbone of Owl Furniture, an offshoot of Warner’s primary design/build studio in Stonington, ME.  ‘I love seeing how the Owl has provided such comfort and relief for so many,’ says the self-described ‘wood doctor.'”  (read more)


October 2013


Dreaming of Going Pro?  Five recipes for success in a difficult business

Geoff Warner:  One Piece Leads the Way

by Jonathan Binzen






“Maine furniture maker Geoffrey Warner calls the downturn of 2008 ‘a serendipitous event.’  It forced him, after 25 years in business, ‘to work really hard and think really creatively.’  Warner, who studied under Tage Frid at Rhode Island School of Design, had spent his career building custom furniture and custom kitchens.”  (read more)



October 24, 2012

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Reader’s Gallery:  Warner Olive Desk



FWWOliveDeskWoodworker: Geoffrey WarnerGeoffrey Warner was inspired by George Nakashima’s use of live-edge slabs with simple, rectilinear bases. But Warner went in a different direction, designing curvy bases that celebrate a joiner’s flair for structure. From Fine Woodworking #222.”  (read more) 





June 2012


More Than Meets the Eyes

Geoffrey Warner designed the Owl Stool and shows others how to build it.

by Marie Malin

“The stool really does look like an owl.  With a half-oval seat featuring two big ‘eye’ holes and a bill-like ridge down the center-the figuring of the wood lending a brooding expression- master craftsman Geoffrey Warner’s signature piece, the Owl Stool, is no ordinary-looking piece of furniture.”  (read more)



December 2011


how they did it

Sturdy yet sprightly base for a thick top

by Jonathan Binzen

“The bases Geoffrey Warner designed for his tables (see the back cover) have to work visually with the life-edge tops, but they also have to be powerfully built to support slabs weighting hundreds of pounds.”  (read more)





September 30, 2011

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Geoffrey Warner:  Assembling a Life

by Jon Binzen


warner_lg“Geoffrey Warner spent a year after college working for a luthier in Maine. Warner loved music and loved making things with wood, but he soon found the constraints of making musical instruments too confining. He soon made his way into furniture making and after working on his own for a while he had the good fortune to catch Tage Frid in his last year as a teacher at Rhode Island School of Design.” (read more and watch video)