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Publication Date: 2016-09-06

Behind the Design

16 Wood Product Brands Every Designer Should Know

These inventive furniture brands create chic, one-of-a-kind wood pieces that fit in every type of space, from rustic and raw to polished and contemporary. Get to know these 16 creative firms for your next project.


Founded in 1990, Chista “explores the roots of primitivism and modernism, the found and the sculptural in the everyday and the monumental.” Their unique wood and metal tables, chairs, and even lamps are appropriate for any number of room types and design styles.

CounterEvolution began when musician Jim Malone was sourcing materials for a new log home in the Catskills. He came across a seven-foot slab of reclaimed bowling lane, built a kitchen island countertop, and became immediately inspired. Today CounterEvolution creates pieces out of rescued wood and steel that are both unique and earth-friendly.

Launched at “What’s New What’s Next” at the NYDC last fall, Gabriel Dean Design specializes in detailed wood and metal inlaid pieces as well as one-of-a-kind stonework. In combining different materials, the firm strives to not just have the disparate materials exist together but instead to react to one another.


Proudly sustaining the ancient tradition of hand-made rustic furniture using the same methods and materials as early artisans, the hallmarks of Wisconsin-based La Lune Collection furniture are meticulous construction, environmentally secure woods, kiln drying, special joints and finishes, and attention to every detail.

The Mimi London furniture collection incorporates global influences into a range that is sophisticated yet eminently comfortable. The goal is creative yet livable pieces that would look equally at home in a Malibu beach house and a Montana ranch.

Meaning “with art” in Italian, Con Arte started handcrafting solid wood furniture in Veneto, Italy, over 40 years ago. Their wholesale collection in the US with Minick Wood is oriented toward interior designers who want to bring a sense of natural beauty to their clients’ spaces.

For over 25 years, New Classics has been creating bench-made luxury furniture at their workshop in Denver. Because of this traditional method of fabrication, New Classics is able to create highly customized versions of their designs, including their highly regarded and well known dining tables.

New Day Woodwork is a custom furniture millwork factory located in Queens, NY. With the ability to integrate multiple materials into a custom design thanks to a talented team of on-site artisans, New Day Woodwork is a “one-stop shop” for furniture and millwork projects.

Rotsen Furniture creates strikingly sculptural designs that combine exotic woods and contrasting materials like metal and glass. Their unique wood sources include decaying bridges, old barns, and demolished structures, as well as sustainable plantations and well managed forests. The resulting products are distinct and unforgettable.

Sossego distributes modern Brazilian design and is the exclusive distributor of the award-winning designer Aristeu Pires. Pires’ pieces combine form and function, bringing timeless beauty and everyday comfort to any space.

Stacklab is a design practice founded on architecture, furniture and installations, and the intersection of these disciplines. Driven by relentless curiosity and attention to detail, Stacklab operates a showroom and workshop in Toronto, where their projects are distinguished by purposeful design, quality and unusual beauty.

Established by Florian Roeper in 2003, Studio Roeper maintains a flagship showroom in San Francisco’s Design District as well as a workshop in Alameda, CA. Originally from Germany, Roeper draws inspiration from his multicultural background as well as from the crafts-oriented movements of Art Deco, Biedermeier, and Japonisme.

Truex American Furniture takes its inspiration from Van Day Truex, the design legend who once served as chairman of Parsons and design director of Tiffany’s. Today, the firm creates pieces that are inspired globally but always reinterpreted in a uniquely American way.

A self-taught furniture and lighting designer, Brandon Morrison and his wife Sundeep opened the whyrHymer showroom in LA five years ago to great acclaim. Today, whyrHymer produces high-quality handcrafted seating, lighting, and tables.

Founded in 1974, Toronto-based Woodcraft creates custom pieces of furniture only from wood that is available locally. As they say, “we don’t do offshore, we don’t do exotic woods.” This focus on local production enables them to develop the highest quality tables and sideboards.

Wüd’s furniture is modern yet warm, using rich-colored wood along with their signature material, Pb-R (metal encased in resin). The resulting surface is industrial looking yet incredibly smooth and delicate to the touch while also staying resilient to heat, scratches and stains.


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