July 1, 2012
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.
April 7, 2012
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.
April 12, 2011
Much more than the sum of their parts, these sleek dining chairs are made entirely of discarded chunks of plywood. Ragged and often flimsy pieces of common 3/4″ ply come together to create strong and incredibly light everyday chairs. The wonderfully random palette of textures and colors are an added bonus that comes with the humble origins of the materials. I’m looking forward to expanding this concept into a series, so check back for more.
March 24, 2011
January 17, 2011
I came across a batch of perfectly weathered redwood decking, and immediately got to work on some new ideas for patio furniture. Here you see the first pieces to come to fruition. Both the benches and the table are left unfinished to showcase the years of work the wind and rain did on the wood, sculpting a gentle topography into its grain.
I’m looking forward to incorporating this outstanding material into new designs as well as letting it breath it’s life into some of my existing concepts. Contact me if you’d like to bring some of it’s history and charm into your home or garden.
December 12, 2010
My bad habits are again on display. Despite an expanding demand for my own designs, I still have a hard time keeping other peoples’ castoffs out of the back of my truck. Chairs especially. My original intention with this group was to fit them with a some sleek new shaped hardwood seats and backs, that was before I saw the work of Josh Duthie at Chairtastic. Instead I decided to try my hand at a bit of upholstery and weaving to fit them with seats closer to their originals. Opening my doors to the world of textiles may prove to be a pandora’s box.
The first is an original, cast aluminum, Shaw Walker made in Michigan. After that is a steel chair by Hamilton Cosco of Indiana. Both have all fully functioning swivel action and posture adjustments. The low-back wooden chair I believe may be a genuine Shaker piece. I fit it with a traditional woven rush seat. It has a tiny brand near the top of one of the front legs reading ‘stw’. The last chair I can’t put any specifics on besides that it received the most awesome upholstery to compensate for its ambiguity.
December 7, 2010
A small apartment’s need of a sleek dining table is perfectly served by the glass topped Trestle table. The glass was a lucky score from a local salvage yard and the base is constructed of salvaged old-growth douglas fir floor planks.
The piece is displayed here with a refurbished, vintage Shaw Walker desk chair, and the heavy duty, extendable shelf system I put together using a cast off painters’ plank.
November 6, 2010
Reclaimed floor joists become a new farm table with complementary benches. The benches’ smooth finish against the medium coarse finish of the table illustrates the color difference achieved by using different resurfacing techniques on the same material. I threw in a few high-back chairs from my personal collection to fill all eight place settings for the first photo. Let’s eat!