Widened Slab Table

May 25, 2013




We bought the biggest slab we could find, then we decided we wanted it bigger…

The huge walnut flitch was just too impressive to split down the middle and add width where nature hadn’t.  Instead, we decided to add the mass we were looking for to the outside.  We left the contoured natural edges intact, created a specialized joint to follow the wavy line, and used a resin inlay to highlight the distinction between the added wood and our original live-edge slab.  The result is a uniform 10′-10″ x 3′-10″ dining table that showcases the cross section of a single tree within.

Leaving the large crack un-filled, while stabilizing it with steel butterfly keys, further highlights the nature of our original workpiece.  The steel finish of the keys complements the legs whose long, delicate curves are achieved by sandwiching a walnut core between two steel plates of the same profile.

Hopefully I get to return and get some additional detail photos of the piece.  At the time of delivery, the family was already showing up for dinner.  I had to let go and let the table do what it was created to do.


Madison Dresser v2

May 18, 2013




This low, wide chest adds to my series of reclaimed redwood bedroom furniture.  The salvaged material is distinct for the dark streaks that run through its otherwise clean, straight grain.  Solid maple, dovetailed drawer boxes.  Concealed, soft close slides.  As pictured th piece is 20″ deep x 34″ tall x 60″ wide.  Custom dimensions are available. Contact me at reasonmodern@gmail.com

Instant Office

April 27, 2013


DSC_0039This leaning desk and shelving unit turns any wall into an office.  Solid walnut construction, two slim drawers.  90″ tall x 44″ wide x 26″ deep.  A matching flat-file/work table/rolling cart is in the works to complete the workspace of the graphic designer that inspired this design.

Weathered Cedar Bed

March 31, 2013


Weathered cedar reclaimed from historic NYC watertanks form a slim headboard and sturdy rails. Simple steel legs keep it feeling light.

Walnut Storage Bed

March 23, 2013





DSC_0039This custom piece started with a client that had her eye on a bed with drawers from a big-box retailer that looked right, but didn’t quite work right for her.  I was able to offer solid walnut selected for its character and uniqueness, a handrubbed oil and wax finish,  a split and angled headboard, and a metal bumper rail above the drawers.  Tailored to work.

Redwood Bin Bed

February 23, 2013





DSC_0002Who doesn’t need more storage?  The low profile structural deck of this bed allows huge rolling bins to park neatly below.  Shown here in a king size, there is practically an entire closet underneath.

The redwood is reclaimed from NYC water tanks.  A simple oil and wax finish shows off its beautiful natural red tones and the erratic black streaking gained from years of exposure  to the elements.  The bin pulls are custom made from salvaged leather strap and solid brass fasteners.

Ellen Cabinet

February 16, 2013



Ellen was looking for a small slender cabinet for her Upper West Side apartment.  The contemporary space left me searching for complimentary materials.  Then this reclaimed cedar caught my attention.

Like the material utilized in some of my past projects, the first life of these yellow cedar boards was spent overhead as the staves of one of NYC’s iconic rooftop water resevoirs.  Unlike previous projects, the inside face of the staves are featured here.  While the exterior of the water tanks is worn grey by the sun and wind, the pieces featured in the doors of the Ellen Cabinet show how the years of direct contact with water give the resilient wood a snake skin like texture.  Framed by a clean black case and finished with hand-cast brass knobs, this unique checked and scaled surface is ready for it’s return to the outside world.