Two cousins from Los Angeles, we grew up riding skateboards, staging “pro” wrestling matches, and learning from our dads, uncles and granddad how to work with our hands and our tools. Years back, we did a few residential and commercial projects together for another cousin that was running a busy interior design practice. We had our first shop then, and after a bit life would have us move on to different phases and places. But we had never enjoyed work the way we enjoyed working and building together. A fire had been lit…one that wouldn’t be put out easily. We knew we would work and create again when the time was right.
After spending some time living and building in Pennsylvania, one of us had developed an interest in reclaimed lumber, architectural salvage, and old beautiful things in general. The other had a taste for modern, for bold colors, and a background in graphic design. At the time a lot of what small shops were doing things with reclaimed lumber generally had a rustic or industrial feel, and we wanted to inject some crispness and some intricacy into the mix. Between the two of us there was an appreciation for both, and we began to juxtapose clean lines, and aged, worn patinas and textures. A little bit of Fresh. A little bit of Dust.
When it was time to get a small workshop together we settled in Venice, a special patch of LA ground full of creative energy that we immediately began to feed on. We weren’t sure what we were going to make would even look like, but inspiration was everywhere. We had a nice stash of beautiful reclaimed beams, some barn flooring, a bunch of lath and some pallet lumber. Humble, utilitarian, dirty material waiting to be made into something beautiful.
We asked questions like “How can we arrange these boards in a way that these grains, or these circle saw marks do something graphical?” “What do these warm amber woods look like set off against a strong black frame and steel inlays?” We also wanted to do something with wood designs that reached beyond the chevrons and herringbone patterns we were seeing. All due respect to the classics, but we felt like there was a lane open for something different. Soon we found ourselves weaving between art and furniture, each designer bringing new ideas to the table round after round and blurring the lines between what we made for walls and what we did with a table.
To this day we incorporate reclaimed or repurposed woods in every design. This is our primary medium, our muse. Where one sees a stack of boards, we see a painter’s pallet full of colors waiting to meet their canvas. We will continue to explore, to refine our eyes and hands, and each piece serves as a snapshot in our creative evolution, in our growth as artists and as craftsmen.