Rain on zinc
A custom metal extension table in Downtown finish
Providing custom finishes gives our clients the opportunity to go beyond just picking a different size and really giving a piece their perfect color to compliment their home environment.
we've made the Hollywood in Silver Metallic
as well as antiqued gold
This year we worked long distance with a couple in Virginia to get the perfect two-tone look on the Hollywood base--a new thing for us. Receiving inspiration pictures really helps understand the look.
First the concept was for the stem to be one color and the base another.
On further consideration we decided a more sophisticated look would be to just highlight the square detail at the bottom of the pedestal stem . This felt more organic and balanced. Next, making samples to go with the chandelier in the dining room.
With the instant communication possible these days it's easy to work out design details instead of the literal months that it took years ago of mailing images and samples back and forth. The base looked amazing.
And the room came out stunning.
A client came to the factory with the "mystery" piece of furniture which he wanted to improve upon in terms of quality, design and sizing for his house. When my shop foreman saw it I could literally see the cogs in his brain spinning as he anglicized and mathematized on first, how to reproduce it (but better of course) and second, why does this guy want this???
Here's the final product. At first glance it appears like an ordinary bench albeit a bit chunky in proportion--like a Shaker bench that got upsized. But wait, there's more.
Upon further examination it becomes clear this is no ordinary bench, but a two for one fold up of some kind....
Voila, a bench transformed into a complete dining set. Not exactly the finessed Japanese furniture design for tight spaces, but an American, beefed up version of space saving.
Making a template for the custom metal plates we fabricated
Puzzle put together and ready for a distressed wax finish.
And here's the original piece that was brought in...
illustration by: Freepik
One of our most creative projects last year was creating a coffee table for the grammy nominated but mysterious young talent, Zhu
Read the L. A. Times article about this "mystery man".
We were asked to create a coffee table as a three dimensional rendition of Zhu's logo.
First we designed the logo to be seen as a top view on the coffee table, but it lacked the dynamic we wanted and finally came up with this rendition.
Everybod loved the design, but rendering something on a cad program is the easy part; making it a functional piece of art is another matter. It was important that the "Z" have be structurally stable so we used 2" solid wood.
Sanded and ready to go into the finishing booth.
The juxtaposition of the earthy vintage Douglas Fir and the minimalist, clean design created a piece that was modern and edgy, while elegant and bespoke
The final product was a perfect representation of Zhu's innovative, clean sound. Love his song Faded.
Not all custom is the same and sometimes there ends up being a lot of details to be chosen as the piece is being built. Seeing something from an inspiration picture gives everyone the big picture, but once the mechanical drawings start being rendered there can be lots of detail questions pertaining to styling and function. This requires a client who is fully involved in the process and willing to embark on the unknown in order to attain the perfect piece for them (and quick on the emails!). Here's the journey of a very custom buffet and happy ending.
It started with this inspiration picture--looks innocent enough, some invisible drawers, some drawers, easy peasy.
Challenge 1: Draers being shaped. At first we thought we could use pre made moulding, but of course just like Goldilocks, they were either too big, too small, or too darn ugly to work.
Option one: use some prefab moulding and add the bead moulding that was used on the table, but this made the interior height of the drawer too short for what our client wanted, and the design was looking clunky and contrived.
Option two: Custom make each section of the drawer-- not a small feat considering we don't have a shaper machine or time to order custom router bits.
an immense amount of work, but well worth it .
Challenge 2: the baseboard. Given the size of the drawers, an appropriately scaled base was necessary, but once again none to be found in the ready made world. We created our own moulding to create the perfect balance.
Challenge 3: LED Monster Lighting. Is it because the population age gap that all lighting now is either geriactically runway bright or milleniumally a mere glow? The LCD strip light for the center section felt neon bright instead of nuanced glow for crystal ware so we tucked in behind the drawer box and it produced the perfect, soft lighting for a romantic dinner.
The final product came out beautiful and most importantly correctly proportionate.
Custom dining tables and benches have become more popular over the last 5 years and add a strong design element to the current organic modern interior design trend going on. Benches are a great way to fit the maximum amount of people around a dining table and bring out the best in conversations.
The benches featured n the blog are all built in reclaimed douglas fir that we salvage from mostly homes (1930's or earlier ) throughout the Los Angeles area. The wood is very tight vertical grain from old growth forests along the west coast.
Many of the custom pieces we make are from pictures or drawings our clients give us so most of these projects are one of a kind.
Matching bench and table design provides a more formal feel.
A rift on our classic tapered leg design. This table and bench set was for outdoors made of Ipe wood with an out door powered coat finish.
A fun kitchen setup for a small space . The chairs are made in aluminum and we added metal brackets to enhance the table and bench corners
Nothing more fun than using huge solid reclaimed beams for golf course in the Texas
Organic modern is all the rage and mixing brushed metal and reclaimed wood is a great design statement