Much of the old growth douglas fir in this dining set is likely on it’s third life.  It was salvaged it from the remodel of a stately 1908 residence in Laurel Heights.  I noticed right away that the individual 3×4 boards had different blade patterns on their rough-sawn surfaces, suggesting that they originated came from multiple different lumber mills.

This peculiarity came up in a conversation with a craftsman quite a few years my senior.  He pointed out that after the 1906 earthquake builders often used material reclaimed from the wreckage, explaining why studs from a single wall would come from multiple different sources.

REASON is proud to follow in the footsteps of resourceful builders who invested the time to reuse this beautiful material.  As a 3rd Generation piece of San Francisco history these pieces are now poised to become the social center of a beautiful apartment in SOMA.


Weathered Table and Benches

January 17, 2011

I came across a batch of perfectly weathered redwood decking, and immediately got to work on some new ideas for patio furniture.  Here you see the first pieces to come to fruition.  Both the benches and the table are left unfinished to showcase the years of work the wind and rain did on the wood, sculpting a gentle topography into its grain.

I’m looking forward to incorporating this outstanding material into new designs as well as letting it breath it’s life into some of my existing concepts.  Contact me if you’d like to bring some of it’s history and charm into your home or garden.

New Seats for Old Chairs

December 12, 2010

My bad habits are again on display.  Despite an expanding demand for my own designs, I still have a hard time keeping other peoples’ castoffs out of the back of my truck.  Chairs especially.  My original intention with this group was to fit them with a some sleek new shaped hardwood seats and backs, that was before I saw the work of Josh Duthie at Chairtastic. Instead I decided to try my hand at a bit of upholstery and weaving to fit them with seats closer to their originals.  Opening my doors to the world of textiles may prove to be a pandora’s box.

The first is an original, cast aluminum, Shaw Walker made in Michigan.  After that is a steel chair by Hamilton Cosco of Indiana. Both have all fully functioning swivel action and posture adjustments.  The low-back wooden chair I believe may be a genuine Shaker piece.  I fit it with a traditional woven rush seat.  It has a tiny brand near the top of one of the front legs reading ‘stw’.  The last chair I can’t put any specifics on besides that it received the most awesome upholstery to compensate for its ambiguity.

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.

A Frame Table

August 31, 2010

This table top is made of two reclaimed floor joists that must have weathered together for years to become uniformly checked along their faces.  The clear finish showcases this weathering while providing nice protective coat for easy cleanup.  At counter-height (36″) the A Frame Table adds a little extra work area off the kitchen while providing casual dining space for four.

Beauty Bonded Table

August 10, 2010

Almost everyone has a formica countertop in their past.  Whether it was Mom’s kitchen or the local cafe, a glance at this table is likely to cause a flood of nostalgia.  If anyone out there knows anyone on Dupont’s design team, let them know that the world is ready for some reissues.  I’m rooting for ‘Petal Pink Linen’ and ‘Honey Beige Nassau’.

fir+steel shelving

December 22, 2009

After designing completely concealed hardware for these heavy duty floating shelves, we decided we wouldn’t mind seeing some of the steel.  I pushed the supports out to the edges to showcase the steel along side the endgrain of the fir planks.