STL TV features Gallery 210’s ‘Simply Different’ exhibition

Terry Suhre, Peter Voss and Steve Potter

UMSL Gallery 210 Director Terry Suhre (at left) and furniture maker Peter Voss (center) joined City Corner host Steve Potter on STL TV to discuss “Simply Different: The Furniture of Peter Voss” on exhibition at the campus gallery through March 17.

In its final weeks at Gallery 210 on the University of Missouri–St. Louis campus, “Simply Different: The Furniture of Peter Voss” continues to attract local attention.

STL TV featured the exhibition on its City Corner program showcasing interesting people, places and events in St. Louis.

Furniture maker Peter Voss and Gallery 210 Director Terry Suhre sat down with host Steve Potter to talk about the exhibition and what makes Voss’ furniture art.

“Most furniture today is designed to be disposable, not sustainable,” said Voss, who noted that his furniture is different for its ability to be repaired.

Voss hand-selects each piece of hardwood, paying attention to moments of interest in the wood, such as knots and grain pattern, allowing those simple but beautiful details to speak in his pieces. Additionally, he practices traditional furniture building methods from dove tailing to mortise-and-tenon joints and the use of hide glue.

“When I look at Peter’s work, he definitely does address a very restrained mid-century look,” said Suhre, who teaches History of Modern Design at UMSL. “But if you look closer, you’ll see elements of arts and crafts, you’ll see elements of French Moderne and designer [Amigo Jacques].”

Voss’ is not the first furniture to be featured at Gallery 210, but Suhre noted how perfectly his work fits in with the gallery’s program focusing on contemporary design in St. Louis.

“Simply Different: The Furniture of Peter Voss” will be on display through March 17 at Gallery 210.

To see the full segment on STL TV’s City Corner, click here or on the video below.


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