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Archive for August, 2010

Designers Corner

Sometimes it’s hard not to pick favorites…

About 250 years ago New England was in its infancy. The people who settled our country were undaunted by the task of establishing themselves as a solid working society. Woods such as Oak, White Pine, Yellow Pine and many others became the building materials that supported these colonial settlements.

Present Day…

While some of the Homes and Barns that were constructed all those years ago are still standing as a reminder of early Americana, others have been dismantled for various reasons. Now, some “waste not, want not” New Englanders have made plans for materials to be ‘reclaimed’ from these historical buildings. This is recycling at its best. Not only have these materials withstood the test of time, but they are rich in story and character. Imagine trees being cut down with two man saws, hauled to the site by horses and in some cases hand planed into boards, then built into the dwellings of the period. Having lived full lives these elemental structures are now being disassembled, lightly reprocessed and finally   re-introduced as…

Lyndon’s new line of Reclaimed wood furniture. (Shown is Lyndon’s Reclaimed Red Oak in a four leg mission style)

“These pieces warm the soul.”

The rest of the line is soon to come.

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Canaan Buffet and Hutch

Fresh into our showroom, is our new, Canaan Buffet and Hutch. This design is the latest member of the family, and a prominent addition to the Canaan Dining line. This is a good example (in my opinion) of how one product makes a transition into another. Using ‘Eastern flare’ and the ‘slow’ angles of the Canaan Table, we are able to extrapolate these elements in an attempt to tie this collection together. Tapering reveal is something that (to my knowledge) we have never played with in the past. This of course adds a sense of risk and question, then also of reward and triumph if it works… In this case I feel it did. The ‘Trapezoid’ shape of the raised panels was also exciting to try.  In my mind it does step that far away from a more traditional look but does add a similarity and dimension common throughout the piece.

Hardware?.. I do have some hardware on order, though I would like to hear comments and thoughts on what you might think would be fitting. Part of the goal of this process is to connect with our customers. I can see no better way to do that than to take suggestions and thoughts on these pieces while they are still in their infancy. What do you think? How does it make you feel? What would you do differently? You may be surprised how much influence you have.

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Roxbury Desk and Chair

The Roxbury desk was an easy adaptation of our already popular Roxbury Dining line. So we got this one off the ground in one take. (I wish they were all like that)

For obvious reasons, many home office units are very plain and “down to business” looking. So in its minimalism, I feel this design caters more toward the visual or literary artist. There is a large area for layout and/or organization of ideas. In my work it is very important to be able to see where an idea started and finally where it has come. Creating an invaluable ‘timeline’ of sketches, renderings and final product photos with all changes and modifications that took place during this ‘evolution’. The thought process was that allowing for only a strict amount of storage space, the piece would be less likely to accumulate clutter becoming “catch all” storage unit. This is not the piece that will harbor your 2003 tax return or your pay stubs from years past. This is a unit that should store your writing and or drawing tools exclusively, allowing you to create at will, and not be stifled by your lack of usable space.

You will notice that the drawers are relatively thin, but are still as deep as the top, the keyboard is hidden in its own pull out style drawer, and the base is attached in a way that allows you maximum side to side travel to access the entire 72” top

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Caspian Collection

Have you ever been at the beginning of something, and thought you could almost make out your end result a little ways ahead in the distance? Then with every step your goal seemed to get further and further away and the once feasible hurdles seem to get higher and higher? This project was a good example of that.

When I first conceptualized what I wanted this collection to be, it had an extremely modern appearance, using clear glass and dark stain. I was excited to get building. Hurdle #1- Method of attaching the table must be almost invisible given the fact we were using clear glass for our top. It also had to be user friendly enough for everyone to be able to assemble at final destination.

Finally the day had come and I was anxious to assemble the first prototype table. The legs and rails were finished in a modern looking ‘espresso’ stain and my sheet of glass had arrived. I quickly assembled… After standing back I realized that what I had created was a characterless black frame supporting a blank piece of glass that seemed to be only showcasing the floor and surrounding walls. I was very disappointed! (And I was not the only one)

First I decided that clear was just not going to work. So I did a little research and found a new form of glass called ‘Acid Etched’. I contacted to our local glass supplier and asked for them to acquire us a sample. When the sample sheet arrived I was immediately taken by its appearance. It was like looking at a giant piece of sea glass with a bright luminescent edge. I was in love. I quickly placed the new glass on the black frame and…………. Still not happy L. The black frame cast a seemingly unwelcome shadow under this bright and beautiful piece of organic looking glass. This pretty much marked the end of the “using dark stain to accomplish a modern look” phase I was going through, and I put that baby to bed. I could feel the rising tension between this project and David (the owner). I knew this was my last shot.

I returned to the shop thinking to myself “what am I doing” it was like I was taking for granted the fact that I was surrounded by the most beautiful American hardwoods you could find and trying to cover them up resulting in something not nearly as special. It was becoming clear now.

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Brookline Desk

The idea was to create a desk that followed the “open” nature and design of the rest of the Brookline collection. (Coming Soon)

On the first attempt I tried to keep in the forefront of my mind, the relationship between the storage compartments, uprights and over head shelving to be visually balanced and proportionate. While I was consumed with the visual spacing of these components, I managed to overlook the obvious and did not allow for comfortable seating. This was a good exercise in admitting when I’m wrong and subsequently forced me “Back to the Drawing Board.”

By raising the shelf below the top about 1 ½” we were able seat comfortably and still salvage that area as usable space. I use the smaller open side compartments for that stack of incoming or outgoing papers that I’m not ready to file away just yet.  There is room for a keyboard pull out in the center compartment, but our research shows a decline in desk top computer purchases, so we made this unit with the laptop in mind. I recommend utilizing that space for personal organizers and charging your devices. Over head shelving was added to reduce desktop/workspace clutter. The large side compartments are sized for today’s printers and scanners.

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