I have been obsessed with hand crafted wood furniture, since I designed and built my first piece of furniture a couple years ago. The construction, the joinery, the attention to detail. When I was in New York last week, I happened upon the store, From The Source in the Dumbo, Brooklyn (Dumbo = Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass). The company is based in both the U.S. and Indonesia and houses products designed and hand made by artisans in Indonesia. I loved the above teak and steel shelf and immediately thought that I need to design furniture again. The design is simple and at the pretty hefty cost of $1050, I am considering making my own version – we’ll see. I also loved the box joined Ciao coffee table and nightstands also in solid teak . They remind me of the “C” table that I designed which has box joints at the Oak ”C” element. A box joint is similar to a dove tail, however dove tails are significantly more difficult to acheive as the cuts are angled and must fit perfectly. The box joint is not exactly a cop out. Although the cuts are straight (boxes), you still have to mirror your spacing. Yep, the top and bottom of my table are slightly smaller than designed because I messed that up.
The last piece, I wanted to walk out of there with was the Ligna chair, also teak, OK yes I really love teak…anyway, at least this one is in a dark brown lacquer, although a clear version is also available. I could see the clear ones as patio chairs. Check out the From the Source website for more information and their full furniture collections.
My two favorite companies that specialize in custom wood furniture are on the higher end side, Hudson furniture and BDDW. Here are some of my favorite pieces from Hudson. On a side note, if anyone wants to buy me the Atlantis chandelier – that would be fine by me. And I will work on getting the mansion to put it in.
While Hudson Furniture is elegant and sleek, there is something more rugged about the BDDW aesthetic. Although there are many options for beds with wood slab headboards, I love the BDDW slab bed the best. It features a sleek low slab of Live Edge Claro walnut and rests on the floor. And they couldn’t have shown the bed better than in this lofty space with exposed brick and paired with that quilted cowhide rug….I just want to walk right in to that space and relax.