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.
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.
A few months back I built this custom maple desk based on an architect's drawing. Super simple design, but heavy & substantial for it's place in the office. Delivered in three parts and assembled on site, an elegant piece with some weight.
An ultra modern space needs touches of raw material to keep it grounded.
This mantelpiece was a simple way to introduce some organic material
into a super clean environment, and it works really well.
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.
Last year we built a 20' long redwood conference table for a company out in the Denver Tech Center. The photo of that table made it to the blog a while back, but I neglected to include the cottonwood cookies in each waiting area. We made these coffee tables using cottonwood rings of various sizes for each of their six waiting areas. My supplier had cut these cookies more than 25 years ago. I believe they were properly dried.
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.
Last year I did quite a few pieces for the offices of Continuum Partners in downtown Denver right near Union Station, and close on the heals of their completion, I was asked to fabricate a desk for the security officer in the lobby. The curved wall has a chemical applied that matches the elevator doors, and all the wood is walnut. A fun little piece to work on.
This beautiful claro walnut conference table was built in 2012 for the Anderson Hemmat law firm. Check out the refinishing completed just this morning.
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.
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!
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.
Well...it took just over a year from the time the Wash Park walnut tree was felled, but we got it completed. The time suck was primarily having to wait for the thick timbers that would become the table's base to come out of the vacuum kiln. They took about 5 months to reach the right moisture content, but without a vacuum kiln, we wouldn't have been able to fabricate the base until 2020. Thank you CS Woods for the kiln drying and all of your assistance throughout the entire process. And while I am thanking folks, let me just take a moment for my biggest THANK YOU to Mr. Chris Olson. Chris not only worked tirelessly on this project with me, but he is solely responsible for its final design, look, feel, and overall spectacularness. Chris was so genuinely excited by this project, that he would be researching design & fabrication ideas all the time to come up with something truly amazing, and he sure did. When he wanted to do serpentine joinery on the 10.5' dial. top, how could I say no. AND SEE AT HOW AMAZING IT LOOKS!
Recently, we were approached by the folks at Galvanize to build them a conference table for their new location in Boulder, CO. Over the years we have built many conference room furniture pieces, our record setting solid slab table being 21' long, but this one was special because I got to collaborate with my good friends at Romanform Studios. The galvanize team wanted a small table, only 10' in length, but they needed something to make it pop. Concrete! As you can see from the photo, the douglas fir top has a beautifully warm tone, and the concrete strip is a great accent. Both wood and concrete have a super smooth finish & the surface is dead flush. It was a fun piece to put together, and I always love working with Dan Roman. We have many projects in the works at Mori Furniture, but I don't get around to posting them very often, so until next time I would just like to wish anyone who might read this a very Happy Thanksgiving.
The conference table and benches for Denver Parks & recreation department have been completed and delivered. It has been a long slow process. The folks from Denver Forestry contacted me about this project over one year ago. The conference table for Forestry is presently being completed and should be delivered some time in September. This is fun stuff.
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.
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.
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.