Sometimes the best solution to a design challenge is a simple one. Case in point is this wall mounted console shelf we designed for a project by Faiella Design in a San Francisco home.
In need of a display surface in an entryway, yet faced with a shallow nook in a tight corner, a console table with legs would feel too cluttered and intrusive. The solution: a floating wall mounted shelf with faceted corners. The faceted corners not only add visual interest, they allow for easier walkway clearance in the narrow space. Stained a dark espresso color that matches the floor and contrasts with the white walls, it’s simple, striking, and effective.
Slabs of California Walnut being laid out in our workshop – soon to become a nineteen-foot-long live edge conference table.
In need of some beautiful wood for a nineteen feet long conference table we’re making, I headed out to Arborica, located in Marshall (near Tomales Bay) in the picturesque rolling hills of western Marin County.
They specialize in mostly salvaged wood from trees such as Black Acacia, Bay Laurel, California Walnut, Elm and Cypress, many in large sizes not commonly available at commercial lumberyards. It’s incredible to see the complete cycle from tree to usable lumber all in one place; stacks of logs waiting to be cut into slabs or boards on their enormous saws, which are then air dried in stacks for 3-4 years before being ready to be bought and made into furniture or interior/architectural elements.
We’re all smiles that our jewelry is now being carried by Heath Ceramics! Our Drum Beat and Drum Roll necklaces are available in their San Francisco Mission District retail showroom. Founded in 1948 by Edith Heath, the iconic mid-century manufacturer has grown a lot recently, while staying true to their mission of creating quality tile and dinnerware of timeless design. Last year Heath opened a new San Francisco factory, tile and retail showroom – adding to their original Sausalito facility. It’s well worth a visit – they sell Heath products as well as complementary home and kitchen wares, books, and personal accessories . . . including JLD Jewelry!
Heath Ceramics Retail Showroom, 2900 18th Street, San Francisco, CA
A just installed custom AV console that I blogged about while in our workshop, looking great in its new home in North Beach. Made of ash, it has lacquered door and drawer fronts with stained pulls, bi-fold doors, and speakers inside speaker fabric covered panels. All ready for some sound and vision.
We’re thrilled that two of our furniture designs have been selected for the New West Coast Design 2 exhibit at the Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco. Our Parquet Table/Stool and three of our limited edition Industrial Felt Stools will be exhibited, as well as other West Coast designers work that is expanding the idea of function, exploiting materials, using innovative techniques, or pioneering applications of new technology.
The exhibit opens on Saturday, October 26th and runs until January 5th, 2014. The museum is located in the American Industrial Center in the Dogpatch neighborhood, which is fast becoming the design and artisan manufacturing hub of San Francisco.
Museum of Craft and Design, 2569 Third Street, San Francisco, California 94107
A customized Plane Bed with built-in side tables in our workshop, prior to finishing.