Rudolph Schindler has always been my favorite LA modernist. I’ve had a fondness for these asymmetric angular side tables for a long time. I’m working on my own variation, with softer curves, and instead of generic plywood, I’ll use one of my favorite Italian laminates from TreeFrog.
Over the years we have built a number of custom doors and gates. You can order pretty nice solid wood doors from a door factory, but the downside can be that nobody bothers to match the boards very well. I prefer to select the lumber myself, and spend some time making sure the color and grain works well together.
A similar process is involve in building a hardwood gate.
Looking back through the many tables I have designed / fabricated over the years. I am excited about using new tech tools like CNC machines, 3d printers, and laser cutters, but I also love traditional woodworking; something I have done since I was 7 years old.
My latest project is variations based on what I believe is an image of two sculptural tables by Rudolph Schindler, perhaps my all time favorite architect. I’m thinking of applying unusual patterns from Italian veneers and laminates to the sober forms of Mr. Schindler.
Here is a gallery of tables, including a few that inspire me for whatever comes next…
Made from very carefully selected and matched Walnut boards, this round dining table is finished with a water lacquer which brings out the violets, grays and greens present in a wood that is usually stained to a generic dark brown color.
To make a base strong enough for this application we used many german wood tenons, every thing glued, no metal fasteners.
We just installed this Woven Redwood fence panel yesterday. Worked out great. It even allows the client’s dog, to peek out through strategically placed knot holes. The drawing shows how the 3d Drawings we make, help us to figure out the details, and allows the client to truly have a WYSIWYG experience. (What You See is What You Get).
We built the garden pivot gate & fence from old growth Redwood years ago. Happy to say it is still in good shape. On the right is a ‘mock-up’ of a matching entry door we are designing for this Brentwood home. We try to go the extra mile, and sometimes it’s a good idea to build a prototype like this so that the client and the door fabricator are ‘on the same page.’