Retro_Industrial Custom-Designed and Built Furniture
IT BEGINS HERE! Introducing a distinctive new line of distinctive "retro industrial chic" furniture. Each of these pieces is individually designed by a seasoned industrial and residential designer who is also the veteran craftsman who builds the furniture. These pieces, and more to come, are crafted to look the part in this attractive retro-industrial trend, but
unlike the popular look-alikes, no two are the same. They are the "real deal," the ones you've been looking for!
Each piece incorporates some actual vintage pieces, as in the drawers shown here. The drawers were orignally very sturdy, small-item moving crates from Lyons-Magnus Moving Company in San Francisco. They are about 55 years old, dated 1960s, and now serving a re-purposed life as drawers in new furntiture. Again unlike other offerings, these drawers slide on
hardwood runners and operate as smoothly as drawers in fine furniture. Below are some detail on these two pieces.

Need a table strong enough that you can park your truck on it? You found it! This furniture doesn't just give the appearance of being solid and well-built; it is. The metal of each cabinet is industrial steel and cast iron. In these two pieces all of the wood (except for the hardwood drawer slides) is kiln-dried cedar, some new and some reclaimed. The tops are finished with at least four coats of Marine Spar Varnish over a worn-but-silky-smooth surface, making for a top that will survive moisture, alcohol and most other abuse. No need for coasters under your drinks here!

The frame is finished to "weathered wood" and the top retains the warm, rich glow that only cedar can offer.

This coffee table is heavy, so the wheels are more than ornamental! The dimensions: 56" long, 23 3/4" wide, and 18 1/2" high.

The drawers are special in more ways than one! They will open from either side of the table, or if desired, a flick of a lever underneath will change them to open from one side only. The drawers have their original inside side-and-end surfaces and new easy-to-clean bottoms.

The drawers are finished inside and out with a high-performance satin-finish Polycrylic Varnish.

The side table matches the coffee table in design and function. Both pieces incorporate the same commercial-
grade joinery in the frames and the heavy-duty ambiance from the iron fittings. The 50-year-old crate drawers operate smoothly on hardwood glides and automatically align themselves in their visual openings when closed. The top is finished with the same Marine Spar Varnish and has that same warm glow. And it's nearly indestructible! The table rolls on iron casters to make moving it about easy.

Dimensions: 24" wide, 20" deep, and 29 1/2" high.

New Life for an Old Cabinet
This is a small cabinet that was repurposed from a vintage commercial unit by adding a solid plank top with iron end caps, a matching base under the cabinet, vintage casters, simple iron-and- copper door pulls and iron side bracing. The heavy base also has an iron edge-rail, maintaining a visual tie to the top.
The cabinet is constructed of oak and oak plywood and has one shelf inside. The top of the cabinet is 18 1/2" x 32", and it is 34" high. The top is kiln-dried hemlock and is finished with four coats of marine spar varnish, so it is nearly indestructible.
Would you like to be sure that you have a unique piece you won't find anywhere else?
My promise: Every piece in this series will be a one-of-a-kind in design and construction. There will be similarities,
but no two will ever be the same. Each piece is entirely designed and hand-crafted in my studio and shop.
I will gladly make furniture to order and for any purpose you wish.
This coffee table is crafted
from rough-sawn fir and finished to create a durable and fairly smooth surface. It features stainless "hairpin" style legs. Each individual piece of the top is splined to the adjacent piece, making a top that will never warp, crack or split its seams. The desirable rough look, but nothing rough about the construction. You will get no splinters from these!
An Entry Door built of old-growth, vertical-grain fir. This door was built to order to fit into a particular environment. The art-glass window was designed in accordance with the homeowner's wish for a bluebird in a graceful branch of dogwood blossoms. The border design was left to the designer (that would be me) and was to compliment their esoteric interior furnishings.
Since the door will be subjected to some extremes in temperature and humidity, the inset panels are mounted into the door on sliding splines and suspended between neoprene spacers so that as they expand and contract, they will always remain centered in their space and never impose any expansion stresses on the door frame. The wood is gorgeous old-growth, kiln-dried, vertical-grain fir. It was left its natural color because the fir will darken silghtly with age.
The attention to detail is shown at left in the closeup of the fit and finish of the woodwork. The finished door was sealed and then finished in four coats of marine spar varnish.
The art-glass panel is shown here completed, still on the studio work table. It is mounted into the door behind a piece of tempered safety glass.
This Danish Modern coffee has a top and shelf of walnut and the frames and legs are mahogany stained to match the walnut. The intent of the design was to create a different approach to a classic style by making the shelf appear to be floating within its framework. Although it retains the light-and-airy appearance true to the mid-century style, it is strong enough to sit on!

Here was a really fun project! The request was for a porch swing that had to be "curvy," as opposed to the more commonly seen swings with all straight lines. And it also had to be made of genuine Hawaiian Koa, a gorgeous wood indigenous to Hawaii.

The frame of the swing is built of African Mahogany for its strength and structural stability in all kinds of weather situations. The swing is finished in Sikkens Cetol, a nearly indestructible finish impervious to just about any kind of weather conditions. Each piece of the swing was finished prior to assembly to ensure full protection from the elements.

The swing is about five feet wide.


  At left is the original sliding glass door. It was 6' wide and had a lot of unsightly metal framework in the opening whether the door was open or closed. The home owner wanted to have the entire space open to be able to fully enjoy the gorgeous view outside. We designed and built this new door and screen (at right) to make it happen. The intent was that when open, the entire space would be visually unobstructed, and even when closed, there would be only the elegant wood frame of the new door visible. Both doors hang from high-quality roller tracks and operate very easily. This door is fitted with 1/4" thick laminiated safety glass. It is VERY heavy!  

tAt left is the view from inside with the new door in place. The wood is vertical-grain Douglas fir and the trim is African mahogay. The finger pull (at right) incorporated into the mahogany trim is typical of the attention to detail on this project.

We can design and build you a door to fit any space or purpose.




This door was designed to fit a special application in a vintage San Francisco house. The construction is similar to the entry door above, in that the inset panels "float" in the door frame on sliding splines and are centered in their openings with neoprene spacers. This allows the insets to expand and contract with temperature and humidity changes, yet they will never exert any pressure on the frame of the door. The art-glass panel was designed to compliment a vintage piece in the kitchen's skylight. The door was mounted on rustic iron "barn-door" harware and it slides on an overhead track. All joinery on these doors is either mortise-and-tenon or splines.
The client asked for a "kidney-shaped, mid-century design with two workstations." There were to be no cables or wires visible anywhere except as needed for the displays, and they were to vanish into openings in the desk top. At right is the unfinished structure, showing the drawers and keyboard trays. The wood is oak and African mahogany, and the top surface is a high-quality laminate, true to the mid-century design. At left is the desk in service! The desk also has cable-routing channels built in, removable panels in the knee holes to access connections, and a shelf in the left kneehole for a modem, router and sound-system subwoofer. ______________SOLD
There were twelve of these; these are the last six. They are crafted of Sipo mahogany for its density and strength, and stained to match the hue of most Danish Modern furntire of the era. For comfort not often associated with Danish Modern chairs, these chairs are a bit wider than most and for durability, the frames a bit beefier. The goal was to accomplish this without compromising the graceful lines of the style. All joints are mortise-and-tenon. These chairs will last for generations! The seat bases are curved and the high-density foam padding a bit thicker than usual, again for comfort. We do the uphosltery, too, which on these is a premium grade of leather-grain vinyl.

The Lyons-Magnus Coffee Table, 1200

The Lyons-Magnus Side Table, 800

A Repurposed Cabinet. 275

The Rustic Chic Coffee Table, 500

The Entry Door, 1300. The Art Glass panel, 350

The Danish Modern Coffee Table, 400

The Porch Swing, in African mhogany, 500

The Sliding Glass and Screen Doors, 1800

The Kitchen Door, 800. Art-Glass Panel, 250

The Free-Form Oak and Mahogany Desk, 3200

A note on pricing: The "sold" items shown are priced to represent the cost of designing and building a similar,
but not identical piece. Custom-fitted pieces, such as doors, may vary in price depending upon the applicaton.
How about . . .
A Retro-Industrial piece specially designed for your particualr needs?
A TV table that's designed for your space and equipment? A special desk? Buffet? I will also build furniture
around any genuine vintage pieces you would like included, like the crates used in these pieces.
I have only four more of these, so this particular line will be a "limited edition" for sure!
My furniture shop and art-glass studio are located in Forestville, California, about an hour's drive
north of San Francisco. Feel free to contact me any time during working
hours by phone or email. We can deliver large pieces.