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Before and After: From Simple Sketch to Favorite Furniture


A little over a year ago, a friend drew this simplistic sketch on a piece of scrap paper, to give me a rough idea of a design for a piece of furniture I needed. While I wasn't so sure how to interpret this design, I trusted that this friend, whose designs always came out perfectly in the past, could take this simple sketch from drawing to reality.

To see how the sketch was fleshed out, read more.

Using a piece of Claro Walnut heartwood that had been salvaged from an urban tree, the designer trimmed the wood, then painstakingly sanded it and applied many coats of oil. After fabricating simple iron legs, he attached them to the table's underside. In truth, this piece, with its glowing surface and organic look, is absolutely my favorite piece of furniture.


Have you ever had a piece of furniture commissioned? What was your experience? Was it positive?

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