Custom Liturgical Furniture for Your Places of Worship
Places of worship, for a community or an individual, deserve the same custom consideration you would give your home or workspace when the time comes for physical improvements and furniture selection. Do you need custom liturgical furniture to match the design of an existing church or synagogue? Are you looking for new and versatile furniture custom designed for a fluid space? Do you want to create a special area for private meditation and prayer in your home? Places of worship not only have practical purposes, just like any structure, but also the additional need to create a spiritual atmosphere. CustomMade artisans can combine functional necessities with spiritual concerns and create custom furniture and features perfectly suited for your place of worship.
The sense of presence and continuity that emanates from an established church, synagogue, or temple is something to be cherished by its community of worshippers. The place of worship is a memory made real. A restoration or addition should entail more than just matching the architecture. Custom work should join that memory. The artisans of Chesapeake Cabinet and Woodworks were commissioned by the U.S. Naval Academy to build cabinets for their main chapel that would “look as if they had always been there.” The artisans created these white oak chapel cabinets, stained to match the existing woodwork from the early 1900’s. Instead of becoming just new cabinets, they are “now considered the ‘welcome center of the chapel.’”
Sometimes the sense of continuity can extend beyond one structure to memories of distant places. This Aron Khodesh, or ark, by Art Furniture for Artful Living, was designed based on photographs of famous synagogues.
Liturgical furniture and space sometimes have to serve multiple purposes. This ash and granite stone circle table by Loewen Studio was custom made for a congregation that needed a piece of custom church furniture that could withstand frequent use and “wear a lot of hats” for different religious services. Practical and built to last, the table was also designed to match the church’s circular space and architectural elements.
Steven Banen created this Torah ark for a small congregation that has to share its worship space with other organizations. The ark is large enough for two Torahs but built with wheels so it can be moved easily.
Whether you need a personal space for private worship in your home or just a simple religious reminder as you go about your daily life, a CustomMade artisan can create a custom piece for you. Joel Shepherd Furniture created this redwood burl butsudan, a Buddhist home altar, as a center for meditation.
Susie Monday of El Cielo Studio creates one-of-a-kind textile altars that can be made in any size with any colors or images you wish. These altars can serve as décor or as small spiritual corners for your home.
Wherever you find your faith, the quality and workmanship of custom liturgical furniture can help give it form. If you are a caretaker for a house of worship or a congregation member considering making a donation of furniture, keep CustomMade in mind.