August 4, 2012
The antique yellow pine for this set was taken out of an industrial building being renovated near my shop in Bushwick, Brooklyn. The design stemmed from request for a solid table without legroom interruptions, composed of as few pieces as possible. The equation was simple: ‘T’ shaped legs are a good way to keep a table’s understructure out of the way of knees… I only needed two of those, plus one beautiful top, adding up to the Three Piece table.
May 28, 2012
When I produced the first Ply Chair out of found scraps in the spring of 2011, I new I was on to something. I’m now exploring ways I can bring the beauty, efficiency, strength and practicality of the concept to a larger market. The set of six chairs and dining table pictured above demonstrate what can be done with only three sheets of plywood. Low waste production leaves little but the wind over the shop floor behind when a set is completed. Also pictured is the first counter-height stool. A bar-height version is yet to come, along with small accessory tables using the off-cuts from the production of the taller seats.
The material used here is yellow pine underlayment, designed for common construction applications. It is manufactured close to home in the eastern United States of trees certified by the Forestry Stewardship Council to be sustainably harvested. Going forward, almost any 3/4″ sheet stock can be used to produce these designs. No matter the material, modest beauty, sustainability and attainability will be at the core of the product.
May 12, 2012
April 7, 2012
January 19, 2012
We didn’t want the legs of this table to disappear under the large reclaimed wood top, nor did we want more obstruction to leg room than was necessary. Instead of using steel bar or tube, we achieved volume by designing with heavy gauge sheetmetal, bent and formed to a custom profile. The result anchors the space without feeling too heavy. The top is made of floor joists salvaged from a renovation at my shop.
August 31, 2011
Constructed of reclaimed antique pine floor joists, this table proudly displays the patina of its providence. At 3’00″ x 7’00″ there is plenty of room for a large group plus family-style serving platters. To counteract it’s size, the design incorporates removable legs and apron so that it can fit up that tight stairwell and be assembled in your dining room.
August 13, 2011
This large table is counter-height. It’s new owners will use it to expand their kitchen counter space for food prep then pack up to ten stools around it when the meal is ready. The 8’00″ long top is made of salvaged southern yellow pine. The solid steel leg system is narrow at only 1’6″ wide, designed to stay out of the way of everyone’s legs.
August 7, 2011
This table’s variations on traditional form make it subtly modern. A single beam supports the length of the top rather than a traditional apron, and the diagonal taper of the legs lightens the piece while gently defying its farmhouse origins. It was born of NYC construction salvage: douglas fir floor joists milled to show fresh new faces. Dark amber stain provides a big head start towards the fir’s natural color after decades of darkening.
June 29, 2011
We’re settling in in NY. The moving truck finally arrived with all the tools and templates, meaning I can get to work designing and producing new work (rather than just enjoying the summer weather and all Brooklyn’s beer gardens).
In the meantime, the photos above are of three pieces fresh off the moving truck that definitely won’t fit in our apartment. They also give you a feel for some of the street-scape on our new block. They are all for sale. Contact me for pricing.
May 2, 2011
Much of the old growth douglas fir in this dining set is likely on it’s third life. It was salvaged it from the remodel of a stately 1908 residence in Laurel Heights. I noticed right away that the individual 3×4 boards had different blade patterns on their rough-sawn surfaces, suggesting that they originated came from multiple different lumber mills.
This peculiarity came up in a conversation with a craftsman quite a few years my senior. He pointed out that after the 1906 earthquake builders often used material reclaimed from the wreckage, explaining why studs from a single wall would come from multiple different sources.
REASON is proud to follow in the footsteps of resourceful builders who invested the time to reuse this beautiful material. As a 3rd Generation piece of San Francisco history these pieces are now poised to become the social center of a beautiful apartment in SOMA.