July 1, 2012
April 29, 2012
The Dean Credenza is a showcase of contrasting materials: salvaged cedar, navy blue leather and polished brass. The solid wood case displays the exterior face of planks taken from deconstructed NYC water towers. Dark lines perpendicular to the grain are evidence of the steel bands that once bound the water tank. A wax finish keeps the weathered wood looking as close to its natural grey patina as possible. Doors clad in deep blue leather and brass hardware offset the cedar’s rustic feel. Casual luxury.
April 7, 2012
March 3, 2012
Heavy duty shelving made of salvaged water tank cedar and blackened steel. This design can be fabricated in just about any size and with your choice of wood. The steel corner design would allow this piece to be even taller, wider and deeper than you see here without so much as a wobble. Thanks to Evan the Intern (seen polishing above) for all his help over the past few weeks.
February 5, 2012
This solid reclaimed redwood case is fitted with extra large, solid maple dovetailed drawer boxes. Each drawer is 40″ wide x 10″ tall x 18″ deep, and the heavy duty hardware allows them to glide easily to full extension. It’s big, but the flush inset drawer fronts, flat panels and lack of protruding hardware help the piece carry itself with grace.
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 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.
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.
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.