Danny Kaplan + Lesser Miracle Release the Collaborative Delf Furniture Collection


Danny Kaplan, of Danny Kaplan Studio, and Lesser Miracle founder Vince Patti first met at the start of 2023, quickly learning that they share an appreciation for ancient, traditional techniques and 20th-century design icons. The Delf Collection came along soon after Kaplan approached Patti with a sketch for a bed that combined Patti’s woodworking with a hinged-screen floating wood headboard and geometric jewel-tone tile detailing created by Kaplan. Originally intended for Kaplan’s own home, the bed’s design process revealed that Kaplan’s vision, partnered with Patti’s woodworking talent, could produce a more substantial commercial collection.

A well-lit bedroom with a wooden bed covered in beige and brown linens. A wooden nightstand, side tables, and a vase with flowers are placed around the room.

“Danny’s refined concept for his bed aligned with my personal goal of creating ornamental furniture that will stand the test of time, and as we worked together, it became clear that our collaboration could extend beyond a single piece,” says Patti.

A neatly made bed with a gray blanket and a wooden frame. A few books are scattered on the floor near the bed.

Collaborative meetings followed, fusing Kaplan’s drawings with Patti’s feedback as they both experimented with shapes and lines until they were satisfied. The collection’s five pieces were then modeled in CAD before buildout, with the results paying homage to eclectic, decorative design while pushing the boundaries of craftsmanship and the definition of collaboration.

A neatly made bed with a gray blanket and a wooden frame.

Overall, Delf, with the name acting as a nod to the Dutch word for dig or mine, was inspired by diverse influences, such as Vallauris tiles and pottery; 20th-century Art Deco and Bauhaus motifs; and the ancient origins of the timber frame buildings of East Asia. Each wood piece in Delf features intricate dug-out elements by Patti that support and showcase Kaplan’s ceramic inlay detailing.

A close-up of a wooden bed frame with a beige blanket draped over a grey-brown linen bedspread.

The complete Delf Collection includes the Paravent Bed, Talisman Side Table, Clover Side Table, and Brion Chair. One of the bedside tables is round, featuring decorative, sturdy ceramic legs, while the other is triangular, reminiscent of traditional Chinese wooden buildings. The triangular accent can also be found at the base of the armchair, referencing the work of postmodern Italian architect Tobia Scarpa. The circle cutout in the seat is evocative of the the Brion Tomb burial ground, which was designed by Tobia’s father, Carlo Scarpa.

A well-lit bedroom with a wooden bed covered in beige and brown linens. A wooden nightstand, side tables, and a vase with flowers are placed around the room.

“The fusion of our technical abilities – Vince providing his woodworking expertise and myself contributing the ceramic craftsmanship – has resulted in a collection that we’re excited to share with the world,” says Kaplan. “Working with Vince felt so natural, and we’ve formed a great friendship. The triumph of collaborating with someone whose aesthetic vision you admire and one who understands yours is both rare and satisfying.”

A minimalist bedroom featuring a wooden headboard, a gray bedspread, and a small triangular side table with dark legs on a wooden floor.

A modern bedroom with a wooden bed frame and headboard, neatly made with gray bedding. Two side tables hold a lamp, books, and a cup. A painting is above the bed on a white wall.

A modern bedroom with a wooden bed frame and headboard, neatly made with gray bedding. A side table holds a lamp, books, and a cup.

A wooden bed with a beige linen bedspread and a black and beige patterned throw blanket, placed in a minimalist bedroom with beige walls and a woven rug.

A wooden bed with a beige linen bedspread and a black and beige patterned throw blanket, placed in a minimalist bedroom with beige walls and a woven rug.

Close-up of a light wooden bed frame with hinged headboard.

A black and wood triangular table with thick legs stands on a draped white cloth.

A black and wood triangular table with thick legs stands on a draped white cloth.

Close-up of a modern, minimalist triangular side table with black and white legs, placed on a beige surface.

A wooden chair with a circular backrest and seat, placed on a fabric-covered floor against a plain wall.

Detail of a wooden chair with a circular backrest and seat, placed on a fabric-covered floor against a plain wall.

Detail of a wooden chair with a circular backrest and seat, placed on a fabric-covered floor against a plain wall.

A modern, sculptural wooden side table with an abstract design is placed on a pedestal draped in beige fabric. The setup is on a wooden floor.

Detail of a modern, sculptural wooden side table with an abstract design.

A wooden chair and a uniquely designed white side table with a black vase and flowers on a beige cloth placed on a wooden floor.

Two men pose indoors. One stands with arms crossed wearing a black hoodie and pants, while the other sits in a brown chair wearing a brown sweater and black pants. Modern furniture pieces surround them.

Vince Patti + Danny Kaplan \\\ Photo: Marco Galloway

To learn more about the Delf collection, visit dannykaplanstudio.com.

All product images ©William Jess Laird.



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