Status Furniture: Fantasies R Us

Judson Beaumont began his career as a sculptor, crafting minimal, geometric wooden pieces. Then he saw Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and the Toon Town extremes inspired him to go in a new direction. "I was taking my art too seriously," he says. "I had to lighten up a little bit." So he ditched the minimalism and began making fantastical, skewed pieces of furniture--and inadvertently entered one of the fastest-growing markets in the industry: luxury furniture for children's rooms. Now he and his Straight Line Designs team create his Pee-wee's Playhouse--like pieces for prices ranging from $300 to $5,000 and even higher...

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