All photos by Carren Jao unless otherwise noted.
Fun and whimsy tie these three furniture-makers together.
Customers have a choice of oak, maple, cherry or walnut for every piece they order.
Launched just this June, Oregon-based company WFour Design create furnishings inspired by Danish modern aesthetic with a more organic twist. His line of sleek furniture all showcase graceful legs and a touch of bright color. When asked why he added the pops of color, owner Christopher J. Walsh IV replied, the usual wood construction "is boring to me."
The door pulls for this piece came from Anthropologie. The cabinet's legs were then painted to match the color.
Walsh adds an element of customizability in all of his small furnishing designs. While each one begins with a recognizable square frame for drawers, side tables and sideboards, Walsh designed a unique leg system that can later be removed, repainted and re-attached with minimal trouble. He also allows customers to choose knobs and pulls that go along with preferred color.
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The Los Angeles Blanket Chest.
Angelenos got a treat with the launch of the Los Angeles Blanket Chest from Drift Studio. Familiar roadways became colorful lines that traverse the length of the Baltic Birch plywood chest. Too discreet for one's taste? The studio has also developed large artwork that can be incorporated into a traditional barn door system, giving that staid farmhouse a little oomph.
Detail shot of Los Angeles Blanket Chest.
The Los Angeles Blanket Chest and the barn door panels is the latest design produced from the Wisconsin-based studio. The studio is primarily known for its innovative line of modular furniture, which begins with a simple cube that be anything from a simple accent piece to a full-scale wall system. Panels can then be added on as needed to add dash of color, pattern or even texture.
Barn doors get a makeover with these panels designed by Drift Studios in partnership with Woodstar Products. Photo courtesy of Drift Studio. The modular system begins with a cube... ...which can be expanded to a number of configurations.
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Jeremy Pickett's line of furniture may stick to the basics when it comes to color, but his Morkt Samfunn has all Mad Men-loving Dwell on Design attendees at attention. Made of solid walnut with German speaker system parts, the Morkt Samfunn is an all-in-one entertainment console that takes us back to an imagined 1940s and 50s.
The project took a year of development says Pickett, who is based out of Brooklyn, but with the first prototype officially sold, the designer is willing to make additional cabinets to order. With an $18,000 price tag attached, the console might be out of our current price range, but perhaps this piece is meant for an upscale music-lover who can figure out how to get this one-piece furniture into the door and placed properly in the living room.