A delightfully spirited collaborative project of Yancey Ballard and Otoño Gaskins, Pitter Patter Studio produces handmade objects and furniture out of reclaimed wood, found stained glass, and whatever other materials they need. Their benches are a joy to sit on, especially the adorable “Star Chair,” a bright yellow two-seater with cushions placed back to back on the horizontal arms of a five-pointed aster. Perching atop it feels like being a star, not the celestial kind but the sort who tap-dances across a stage then rubs against a costar, legs and arms akimbo. Pitter Patter also carves candle holders in the shape of simplified people, with candlesticks popping out of their heads, faces whose natural wood grain becomes round cheeks and noses, and expressions that can only be described as, “Ahhh! My head is on fire!” Exactly what a candle holder with any sense ought to say.
—Lori Waxman 10/15/2023 12:34 PM