Brian Fireman


Hand-crafted in North Carolina by master woodcrafter, Brian Fireman, Swallowtail brings together time-honored processes with modern forms. Its elegant curves and split back are inspired by the wings of the swallowtail butterfly. Fireman is known for his flowing, organic designs and their abstract reference to nature. Low-set arms easily slide under a dining table, making the chair equally suitable for a dining or living room. The chair may be ordered in a wide scope of domestic hardwood and stain finish options.


Hand Carved in Ebonized Walnut.
Available in a wide scope of wood and stain finishes.


W 26 x D 22 x H 30 in
W 66 x D 55.9 x H 76.2 cm
Seat Height: 18 in | 45.7 cm
Seat Depth: 17.25 in | 43.8 cm
Arm Height: 26.75 in | 67.9 cm

Lead Time

12 Weeks


Starts at $5,600
Ebonized Walnut | $6,400

Brian Fireman

Brian Fireman

Brian Fireman’s education in architecture was fueled from an early fascination with building. The journeys of young adulthood brought Fireman to Ecuador, Chile, India, and Nepal. On returning to the United States, he earned an MA in Architecture at Virginia Tech. He became intrigued with the tectonic nature of building, where nature and human forces combine to generate singular structures.

Through relentless experimentation, the artist learned about the diverse traditions of woodworking and joinery. A stint at a high-end residential architecture firm confirmed for Fireman that he needed a truly hands-on approach to both designing and building. 

He founded his own studio in 2003 in the mountains of western North Carolina. Since then, his work has been exhibited nationally and widely acclaimed by discerning collectors. 

As the artist puts it: "Whether working with live-edge slabs or more sculptural forms, the intent is to allow the inherent beauty of the material to acquire a second life as a piece of furniture. Wood is a sensual material, and it is my hope that the work reflects my passion, awe, and respect for the trees from which it emanates." 

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