Furniture designer and fabricator Tate Pray in his studio off Harris Street. Photo: Amy Jackson Smith

Crafting a style all his own: Piece by piece, local artist Tate Pray builds furniture and a brand

The fundamental nature of art,” says Tate Pray, “is that it has no use.” But the Charlottesville-based designer seems bent on proving that maxim wrong, crafting wooden furniture that’s both functional and reflective of his playful sense of humor. Pray seems to thrive on contradictions. He uses traditional woodworking techniques to give his stylish Modernist […]