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.

New Century Shelving System

October 10, 2012

Inspired by the mid-century classics, this walnut shelving system can be set up in many configurations.  Just pull the pegs, move the supports up or down and choose what components you want at what heights.  The package pictured here was designed as a media console, but the possibilites are endless.  Cabinets, desks, drawers, wardrobe hooks… If you can think of it, I can work it in!

Leaf Table

May 12, 2012

New York continues to inspire space centered designs.  With the leaf down, this trestle makes a perfect desk at 2’x5′.  Lift the leaf, slide the base over to support it and you have space to seat six around the 3’x5′ surface.

These simple forms showcase the beauty and history of the reclaimed materials.  The framed piece is a screenprint by fellow CELLspace artist Jon Fischer.

Bernal Tables

October 29, 2010

A simple path from flat to three dimensional, the Bernal design turns the most modest materials into handsome, low profile structures that can be sized to be anything from end tables to banquet tables. As you can see, a lot can be done with the finishes too.

WILL bed and desk

March 26, 2010

Reclaimed, three-panel door used to create the desk legs:

Large, reclaimed two-panel door used to create the head and footboards:

The WILL bed and desk are designed to be grown up with, not outgrown.  Salvaged doors form the solid backbone of these pieces.  Orange accents add a touch of playfulness.  The hope is that twenty years from now, he will come home from college and still feel comfortable in his room.

Mr V Desk

February 6, 2010

We got lucky finding this sapele mahogany at the salvage yard.  It’s nicer wood than we’re used to working with, and as we neared finish the Mr V Desk started to feel a little too formal.  I restrained myself from painting major components.  Keeping the party behind closed doors, we limited the burst of color to the inside of the drawer box.

The time was right for my friend to treat himself to a new desk.  He deserved it: moving to a new company meant a salary increase, as well as a move to a new apartment.  This was also a chance to finally have a desk at a comfortable height.  As a 6’4″ computer programmer, he had suffered plenty of hours with his legs crunched under low tables.  Besides height, his only request was an interesting, perhaps diagonal, leg structure.

Above you see a couple drafts before we settled on the final design.  When we were almost there, I knew this design was going to challenge my allegiance to salvaged materials, but Building REsource came through, and I found  two full-dimension 1×12, fir shelf boards with really nice straight grain.  I dimensioned the sketches for fabrication, talked a welder into taking on the unorthodox task of fabricating steel inserts to would allow our diagonal leg system to support weight, and got to work cleaning up our wood… but not too much.

Rather than filling pores and layering on finish coats, we decided to accentuate the bumps and bruises of the salvaged stock with a dark stain and wax finish.  The final product works nicely with the dark casework his apartment.  With one more happy programmer, San Francisco is officially a better place.