Brian David Johnson is a custom furniture and cabinet maker located in Austin, Texas. Under the business name BDJ Craft Works, Brian has been creating custom wood pieces for happy customers since 2009.
Iron is sturdy and beautiful, and it gives the impression of a bygone industrial era. Similar to heavy industry, it has a slightly course quality, not perfectly polished and refined. Use iron furniture whenever you'd like to introduce a bit of casual style in your decor.
Before they bought their current home in Washington D.C.'s Mount Plesant neighborhood, Josh and Lauren lived for six years in a studio apartment. Determined to host dinner parties in their tiny space, the couple came up with an inspired idea that allowed them to have a instant dining room--but only when they needed one. They bought a dining table light enough and compact enough to be hung on the wall when not in use.
Isn't it wonderful when two come together and just click? We're not talking Valentines here, but furniture. Saarinen's Tulip Table and banquette seating, specifically. Just look how happy these two are together:
Designer Lotta Jansdotter knows a little something about making the best of small-ish spaces; the 725 square foot home she and her husband used to share in San Francisco is full of ideas and inspiration for small space dwellers. One particularly impressive attribute is this transforming home office and dining room.
Sometimes you have to touch and knock a piece of furniture to check if it is real wood and not just some factory-made composite. Well, not with these pieces. You can tell they're wood because you can see the grain and the natural shape of the wood--sometimes even the bark. What do you think of these tables, which look like cross-sections of a tree trunk or a slice of tree? Do you love their organic, natural untamed look or do you think they reek of faux rustic ski lodge?
I always feel sad when an old-school bowling alley shutters its doors. As far as spaces go, they're often so interesting. A lot of that classic character has to do with the wooden bowling lanes (well, and the jukebox, and the beer). So what happens to all that great old wood once a bowling alley closes? In this happy ending, it gets a new life as handcrafted furniture.
For city folks and cold-climate dwellers that want a taste of the outdoors — meet the PicNYC table, an agri-industrial design concept by Dutch architect Haiko Cornelissen (by way of New York City). With this novel idea, it's acceptable and even encouraged to spill a glass of water on the table!
If you've been thinking about swapping out that old dining table, first take a look at some of the star pieces that caught our eye this past year. Our favorites include tables in various price ranges and styles ranging from reclaimed rustic to classic mid-century, with some designers putting modern twists on traditional designs. Check out the best of 2011 and give us your recommendation by leaving a comment.