Mid Century Modern

Growing up in my New York home in the 1960’s & 70’s, I was obsessed at an early age by some of the pieces of furniture in my parent’s home. Credenzas, desks, & chairs with simple design elements yet high style. I have designed several pieces in the mid mod style over the years, and am back at it again. I am adding to the collection this cherry credenza w/ walnut drawers & large walnut door pulls. Veneering is a specialty, so like all of my pieces, the wood grain runs continuously across the top & down each side as well as there being a pleasing book match across the door fronts. The 5” diameter solid walnut pulls look & feel beautiful.

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Walnut Slab Conference Table

My most recent piece. Installed in July of 2019. Four large black walnut slabs make up this 18' long X 5' wide conference table. The data ports at each end are custom fitted with solid black walnut parts to blend into the overall piece. I have done a few of these solid slab conference tables now. It's a great look, and I love building them.

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Downtown Denver Loft

This piece is from a couple of years ago. I came across the photos doing research for an entertainment center for a new client. The piece has a very elegant pickled oak finish & as I remember, the barn door hardware was super smooth to operate. The horizontal grain on the doors has a good look to it as well.

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Revisiting A Past Project

Recently I was asked to do some refinishing work on a set of tables we built for a company called I.M.A. back in 2012 or so. Here are a few shots of the pieces now. Everything has held up beautifully & they all still look just great. All of them being solid slab pieces, this can only be achieved through the use of lumber that is properly dried here in Colorado. 

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Maple Kitchen Nook

This little unit is simple enough, the challenge in an old 1920's home like this is how out of square are the walls it's being attached to? The installation can be the worst part if floors and walls go diving in all directions, but this space was in remarkably good shape & the install went real well. The maple matches their kitchen and has a clean beautiful look.

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Redwood Conference Table

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This Redwood Slab Conference Table, completed in Autumn of 2017, is 20' in length X 6' in width, constructed using a total of six redwood slabs, and has three large redwood veneered pedestals. Power is distributed to data ports on the table's top through a hidden wire chase on the underside.

CONFERENCE TABLES ARE US!

Mirror Image Etageres w/ Lighting

Completed mid Summer of 2017, these mirror image etageres for a client in South Denver were a challenge in many ways, but they did turn out beautifully.  The pieces are all right angles, so all the joinery is very simple and straight forward, woodworking 101 stuff. The trick in a piece like this is knowing in which order to work. What to attach where and exactly when and after which steps have been completed first. You always have to think three or four steps ahead. 

Completed mid Summer of 2017, these mirror image etageres for a client in South Denver were a challenge in many ways, but they did turn out beautifully.  The pieces are all right angles, so all the joinery is very simple and straight forward, woodworking 101 stuff. The trick in a piece like this is knowing in which order to work. What to attach where and exactly when and after which steps have been completed first. You always have to think three or four steps ahead. 

I love my job

I love my work, but I find it difficult to sit down and write something about it. It;s the process that is exciting, the getting there that is what is important, but I'm told I should document these things, so here goes. Installed early this Summer in it's home on Wynkoop St. across from Union Station in downtown Denver, this 21' x 8' boat shaped conference table is the largest Mori Furniture has ever designed & built. Four top sections & four diamond shaped pedestals make up this big beautiful monster. The top is fabricated from solid cherry and utilizing 1/16" thick cherry & mahogany veneers for the overall top design. The table apron houses 12 data ports allowing the table top to be completely clear and leaving it with an unobstructed expansive look. Projects like this are super challenging, & very rewarding. I love my job.

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New Headboard & Nightstands

I have been spending a lot of time on mid century modern design ideas lately. A simple headboard & nightstands, a long time in the making, has finally found a home. Obviously, I sketch things out prior to fabrication, but I never really know if what I am after is what I will end up with until a full size piece takes shape. I have the freedom to make changes along the way when I work on prototype pieces, and I make good use of that freedom, altering angles, thicknesses, grain directions, etc. as my eye sees fit. Sometimes you cannot explain what you want to do or why, but your eye knows when it is right. Something in your brain says, "stop, that's it". What is the radius of that huge arc? I have no idea, but it's nice to look at.

So for those who care about the details of such things: The headboard is 118" long and veneered in sapele pomele, book matched across its face. The nightstands are done in the same veneer w/ solid african mahogany legs for contrast. The nightstand design is a version of the Mali design from a few years back. 

Wash. Park Walnut

Close to one year ago, I was contacted by folks at  the Denver Forestry dept. They had been removing diseased walnut trees from parks and neighborhoods for years and wanted to give new life to these beautiful woods. After taking down the largest walnut tree in Wash. Park, milling and kiln drying it, we are presently fabricating two beautiful conference tables for the city. Pictured is a 10.5' diameter table top for the forestry department. A base will be built as well, as soon as these large timbers are dry. We are also working on a 12' x 4' conference table for the Parks Department. I will add to the blog about these tables as these pieces move forward.

NEW PHONES DOWN

It's may 4th and I'm in the midst of remodeling the new shop space I have just purchased. The phones were not due to move over until next week, but guess what? they got moved today and with me taking out walls and yanking wires out of everywhere...we have no phone service. I hope to have them up and running by this Friday the 6th. So please don't call, at least not this week.

Cheers,

Tom