Simmons Coffee Table
My latest shape pays homage to one of the pioneers of hydrodynamic design. Bob Simmons was making surfboards in the 1940s, first from balsa wood and later foam and glass, with the single goal of going fast. He was riding twin fins before single fins became the norm and didn't return to the light until the fishes of the shortboard revolution more than a decade later. His square, wide highly foiled boards were more than 2 feet shorter than was the convention and incorporated sidecuts, a concept that is really only now gaining popularity amongst surfers/shapers. He was scooping concaves and foiling rails at a time when the other surfers were riding square edged Blake style "Kookboxes" and he seemed to possess an understanding of planing that was generations ahead of his time. A kindred spirit with a need to go fast and do it his way.
The white oak top is hand-shaped using power tools and is a literal take on the ubiquitous "Surfboard" style tables of the Mid-Century. The ash legs are thru-tennoned/wedged and blackened with iron.
This design is one i plan to repeat and expound upon. i just finished version 3 in Walnut and am planning version 4 with a magazine rack below. Feel free to contact to custom order.
BUILT for SPEED
I believe I'm outside the box with this one, a commissioned dining table for clients in the windy city. I happened to be working on a curved railing (post to follow) in my studio during their visit and this base idea jumped out of my skull when asked what the base for a 9'x 5' oval top might look like.
I named this one the "Cow-catcher" since i thought the curved base pedestals resemble the grill on the front of an olde time steam engine (to me anyway). The base is built from Ash and Steel and the top is burnt Ash with brass patches and butterfly.
Its a scary place, this area outside my box, fraught with insecurity and self doubt. There are few references to compare my design with and many opportunities to lose motivation over the course of the build. I almost lost a thumb to my jointer whilst making this one. I am super thankful to the clients for their belief in my vision and ability to see outside the box, and proud to deliver something this unique.
The shape of folk to come
I was commissioned by Philadelphia Based firm, SLD design, to build two unique multi-use tables for the JDV Revival Hotel in Baltimore, MD. The first table was a live edge walnut table top for the private dining room of one of the suites. Chris from SLD had sourced the vintage chrome Eames conference table bases which makes for a really rad mash-up of mass-production meets organic free form style.
The second table table is one of my own design and it serves as a conference / dining table in the common area. This one i called "the Scout". (you can see detailed studio photos of it below in an older post) The Scout is one of my favorite objects that I've been granted the grace to build. I love that it can be scaled from a coffee table up through a 10' (or beyond) conference table using the same interlocking joinery and be shipped flat to be assembled by the owner. Sort of like IKEA but an Heirloom quality piece and not garbage...
Back in Oct. of 2017, with the help of the "American St Dream Team", i transformed the formerly condemned back room in the shop space i rent into a showroom/gallery. we hosted a rad party on a gorgeous night in Kensington and exhibited a show titled "Wood-N-Waves", a collection of cerebral, surf-centric photography framed in a variety of exceptional off-cuts from the shop. We even had a little surf vid projecting on the walls outside, a foreign site in this neck of the woods. I am really proud of what were able to do with the space with some paint, scrap wood and elbow grease and perpetually disappointed that i can never get it together to host more events in the spot. thank you @aframetrestles for documenting the high life we were livin' just about a year back.
WOOD - n - WAVES
After two years of silence I am finally allowed to show the results of a collaboration with Anthropologie for a display of an in store wellness concept thingy. I helped design and built, with the help of the "American Street Dream Team", three "Huts" (as we came to call them) as a prototype store-within-a-store area for body, health and wellness what-not. Farmhaus was commissioned to create a light weight, knock-down-able, flat-packable display that assembles into a free-standing structure 16'L x 8'W x 10'H with open gable ends and a door in the center. I used a series of woven inter-locking half-lap joints and brass plated RTA hardware as well as all-thread and morticed pipes as a ridge-pole to create a structure from reclaimed pine that is capable of supporting floating shelves and displays. My shop is still splattered in all 9 shades of hombre Pink-wash that was ultimately the chosen finish.
For me this project was a challenge to translate the whimsy of visual concept into a functional object while navigating both my personal design ideas (read EGO) and the visions and expectations of the other designers. It ended far from where it started but it was Loved when it was done. I've been informed there are 15 of these Hewn shops nationwide with 110 to roll out by holiday. I am only responsible for the prototypes but...
IF CREDIT'S WHAT MATTERS I'LL TAKE CREDIT!
farmhaus for Anthropologie
Way back in May of 2017 my great friends Phil & Jess Brown of Glide Surf Co. in Asbury Park, NJ commissioned a table for their beautiful shop on Bangs Ave. They gave me no design guidelines at all and offered only foam and resin as payment so
of course i went way overboard and made them the raddest folding store display/pong table that i could imagine. The table sits on Krenov sawhorse inspired trestles with dual sliding pull-out arms to support the top which folds long ways to be 30" when closed and 60" when open and the regulation 9'length. The top is made from Bleached Ash with a Walnut stringer. Details are too numerous to list. We threw a legendary party in the surf shop with a sudden death pong tourney to break it in and i'm pretty sure i had THE MOST fun! There is proof and some choice clips of the sweet summer swell that was running on delivery day in the vid by Chris Delarenzo. Next time you find yourself in AP, maybe stop in for a coffee at Volan before you challenge yr buds to some table tennis down the block! You can even send the wife around the corner to Red Moon so she doesn't have to watch you ogle the glass in the surf shop.