At the BKLYN Designs fair, we were approached by a brand new home goods company. Everything will be made in Brooklyn, start to finish. This is what WE do, and it is not easy. But wow is it fun, and we learn a lot. Especially when quantity is involved. So today, I begin drawing the design for a limited edition cheese board for them. The design will be exclusive to their store, and I am excited about it.
So it’s mid week, and I still feel like I fell out off a roof! I haven’t done that since I was about ten, and I still remember it clearly: no broken bones, flat on my back, winded. On a happy note, we truly had a great time at the BKLYN Designs show. We met a lot of young designers and builders, and we even had a chance to chat with a crew from the West Elm company, who looked at our newest designs. Here is a pic of our booth, and a few blog posts that resulted from the show. Cheers! -Christopher
The shelves are made from the same lot of salvaged wood as the new tables, and feature some of the same resin inlay techniques. The palette is muted, but the designs are fast.
More images coming soon!
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Our new Monster Island Tables are made from (and inspired by) lumber salvaged from a demolition site half a block from our wood shop.
210 Kent Avenue was a collection of artists’ spaces and small businesses collectively known as Monster Island. We were huge admirers of the crazy colorful murals that covered the facade. And though we really didn’t like the reason for it, we even loved the post-eviction look, when the murals were covered with paint spilled ceremoniously from the rooftop.
When the building was finally demolished this spring, we rescued (with permission) a quantity of fir beams and joists from the site, hauled them down the block, and started working on a set of waterfall-style tables, using resin in exciting new ways.
The simple form of the waterfall design highlights the beautifully aged wood grain and construction scars. The sleek band of inlaid resin plays off the roughness of the wood as though it’s lit from within.
Monster Island Tables are made to order. Custom sizes and colors are available.
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We’re sorry Monster Island is gone. Our own shop is in an old factory building too. It is being conserved rather than razed, and for that we are thankful. Brooklyn needs affordable work space for artists and makers!
Molly and I are both a little “tool-obsessed”. She has more scissors than anyone I know, and paper punches that do things I never thought of. If I put all of our hand-held tools onto a scale, they might top one thousand pounds.
So here I am sharing two of my recent favorites: The first pic is… a glitter shaker. That’s right. A most high precision, yet easily made tool for shaking any kind of glitter into a resinous void. I made this one from tape, and a plastic shot glass. The second pic is a portable, electric biscuit jointer. In my first twenty years of woodworking, I never used one of these. Then my wonderful brother-in-law, Jonathan, gave me one. Now, in the last five, I have really started to appreciate it. Briefly said, it carves out these small voids into two separate pieces of wood. You then choose a plate, or “biscuit” that is used to help join a seam. The biscuits add strength, and help with alignment. As you can see, there are a lot of adjustments you can make on this tool. It is not simple, and I learn something new every time I use it. It demands respect and attention (watch those fingers!)
So while these tools may seem vastly different, I believe it’s imporant to note that they both can achieve truly high- precision results. They are both imperfect, and only as reliable as their user is attentive and aware. They both require planning. And they both serve to create a Noble Goods product, like the custom LA doors, or our Sparkle Branch product. Happy Spring! -Christopher
Last month, we had a great trip to LA. Partly fun, and partly business, we began a custom cabinetry job in a lovely Hollywood home. What you see here are the doors in progress- solid oak, smokey resin, and embedded glitter in our “sparkle branch” theme. Very fun. More updates soon, and Happy Spring !!!